Children, Our Future Doctors And Politicians, Can No Longer Hold Pencils Properly Due To An Overuse Of Technology

By Nadine / jeudi 1 mars 2018 10:00
This is the future! Children are holding pencils “like cavemen hold sticks.” FML for our failed society and FML for the future of America.

According The Gaurdian children are having a hard time grasping pencils due to an overuse of technology. Senior pediatric doctors say that the muscles in children’s fingers are no longer developing correctly.

A little color and crafts time with your kids can clearly go a long way.

Everyone already judges the parents who’ll do just about anything to avoid actually raising their children, including setting them up in front of an iPad and letting them at it all day, so long as they don’t hear any whining. But with this recent news it seems that things are more out of hand than we were thinking --- parents these days are forgetting that children’s minds (and bodies) need to be nourished. 

Hell, who doesn’t wish they could just sit down and color like they did when they were 5? And if you’ve got kids, you already have the perfect excuse! “Sorry, but I can’t meet you for lunch. I have to color with my kid so as to prepare him to be the leader of the free world one day; you know, when the rest of the kids can’t hold pencils with their mush-hands?”

Sally Payne, the head pediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust, explained the severity of the situation:

“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago. Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not be able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.

To be able to grip a pencil and move it, you need strong control of the fine muscles in your fingers,. Children need lots of opportunity to develop those skills.”

Yeah, ‘rents! They aren’t just born with it, the same way they aren’t just born knowing how to read.

Obviously, we’re not saying that there’s no place in the child's home for technology. How else do you get the kids who grow up to be computer whizzes and create the code for the next major app? All we're saying is that, as is with most things: moderation is key.

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By  CrazedSanity  |  17

Doctors SHOULDN'T be allowed to handwrite, as far as I'm concerned. Nearly all of them write in chicken scratch that's near indecipherable and has probably actually gotten people killed before. I'm not even being hyperbolic.

By  CrazedSanity  |  17

Doctors SHOULDN'T be allowed to handwrite, as far as I'm concerned. Nearly all of them write in chicken scratch that's near indecipherable and has probably actually gotten people killed before. I'm not even being hyperbolic.

  mekiswrite  |  16

From what I've heard (and I haven't confirmed this) but doctors take specific penmanship courses to write like that. pharmacists too as they need to be able to read it

  Joshwarrior  |  35

No one cares abouts pencil anymore :/ you had to know this day was bound to come. In the future all memories of pencil will be erased but fear not they will remember Richard's controversial comments

By  Glowworm56  |  23

Truth be told, I always had lousy motor-skills anyway. When I was in first grade, I wrote so faintly, I had to be given an extra thick pencil with a triangular rubber grip on it to help improve my writing skills. I doubt I even hold a pencil properly today--and this was before all the fancy technology kicked in.

By  ohsnapword  |  20

I think that occupational therapist is a quack. She talks about controlling the "muscles in your fingers". Your fingers are controlled by the muscles in your forearm. Only the thumb has a muscle in the hand to control it.

  Yudith  |  14

Then what do you call the little bulges in your fingers? Anyway, you still need to improve the muscles of your hands and your fingers' coordination. Teachers could teach kids to sew and carve wood but writing in cursive with a pencil is much safer. You don't want to lose the finger you're trying to exercise, do you?

  izzajaneful  |  23

When I was in school we definitely sewed things and carved wood in home ec and shop classes (respectively) that were at least one semester mandatory for everyone. I’m 28. My little brother (19) took shop in HS. Not sure if home ec was still required.

By  Madrias  |  34

Having dealt with teachers trying to 'correct' my unusual grip on the pencil, I'd say these kids are probably better off.

For the record, I have rather flexible fingertips, so when I hold any writing utensil, I flatten the tip of my finger up to the joint right against the pencil. It looks painful, but I've had no lasting effects from doing so.

In this day and age, knowing how to type is important. Knowing how to write is important, too, but school is there to TEACH these skills. If students are coming in and 'holding pencils like cavemen', then TEACH the students to hold the pencils properly. After all, letting someone self-learn a skill leads to all sorts of interesting methods that are 'wrong' even if they work. My typing teachers learned that one the hard way. (I don't use the left shift key. Try to wrap your head around how I touch type like that, and you'll see how it just annoys people.)

By  Kyrstin Budd  |  9

This reminds me of that principal’s publication from 1815 complaining about “kids these days” not being able to properly write on or clean a slate because of an overuse of paper. Pencils are probably going to be obsolete one day, just live every other information-recording tool that was considered essential once upon a time.

  devi_916  |  37

Not likely anytime soon. You can't e-sign your driver's license, doctor's offices still require a ridiculous amount of paper work to be filled out in the waiting room, and you can't mark where to cut a piece of wood or fabric with a computer.

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