It can be said that the typewriter birthed the great American novel. Yes, the digital age has taken over. Yet, this hasn’t stopped this vintage piece of machinery from leaving its mark on the world. 

Typewriters are even seeing a significant boost in recent sales. They are no longer only appreciated by older generations and antique collectors. But are also getting found appealing by hard to reach millennials. 

There are many characteristics of the typewriter that a computer cannot touch. Read on to learn why the typewriter continues to be a timeless tool to have at your home, office, or business.  

Style with a Sense of Nostalgia 

The typewriter made its debut in the 1800s. It helped some of the most famous authors of all time produce great works. This includes Dr. Suess, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Agatha Christie.  

So, when did typewriters become obsolete? With advances in technology, the typewriter began to take the backseat as the preferred writing tool. 

Yet, these sustainable and quality-made machines never went all the way out of style. They offer different models, colors, and special characteristics for a unique writing vessel. 

They offer a little bit of whimsy with vintage charm. This makes a typewriter a part of your identity. While a computer or laptop offers little in the way of personalization. 

Using a typewriter offers a different writing experience. It can help an author find inspiration, stir their imagination, and evoke creativity. They also add a great deal of aesthetic to your workspace.   

Computers are also quick to date themselves. Yet, a typewriter increases in value over time. This also makes them great collectibles, as Tom Hanks would say.   

A Way to Get Work Done, Without All the Distractions

A typewriter is an excellent way to avoid the distractions of modern day technology. As many as 70% of people feel distracted when trying to get work done. Having unlimited technology at your fingertips is a big factor in this. 

Computers provide distractions by giving access to too many internet browser tabs. They also lead to you checking your email and social media. This causes the brain to multitask, instead of focusing on completing one task at a time. 

Without these distractions, you’re able to gain a productivity boost. This also spurs creative thinking, allowing an uninterrupted thought process. 

With a typewriter, you are better able to write for hours on end. You also get little mental breaks when its time to roll in a new sheet of paper.  

Improved Focus for a One Track Mind 

Working on a typewriter increases your concentration on the work in front of you. With older models, there is no back button or way to erase a spelling error. So, a mistake means you’re stuck getting a new sheet of paper. 

This makes you more efficient with your writing style. You’re paying more attention to your spelling. You’re more conscious of how your sentences are stringing together.    

This causes you to stop and think about what you’re writing. So you’re also improving on your writing technique over time.  

The rhythmic sound of the typewriter clicking away is also like white noise. It can further enhance your focus. 

Typewriters are also less mobile than laptops. So, you’re less tempted to work in front of the television.

Typewriters often get set up in a quiet nook in the home. This can be near a big bedroom window or in a peaceful study. It allows you to place more focus on your work environment.  

Protecting Your Work from the Digital Age

Almost 50% of the population gets hacked each year. This means that although technology is convenient, it is not 100% secure.  

The transition from typewriters to computers has decreased privacy for many people. With a typewriter, you have a sense of security, with no possibility of getting hacked. You also won’t have to worry about having your manuscript get leaked.  

Typewriters are also less fragile than a computer. There are also no issues with printing or annoying program updates.

They don’t operate on programs that can freeze up. So, your work doesn’t go unsaved and get lost. This offers a physical way to back up all your work. 

You also have the option of going with an electronic typewriter, to back your work up digitally. If going this route, here are a few tips for staying safe when online.  

The Creation of Unique Content 

Working on a typewriter makes it easier to create your own work. The writing contains thoughts that are all your own. You’re not at risk of reading from a website then rewording someone else’s words.  

There is also no way to copy and paste content from another site. So you’re less likely to plagiarize, even by accident.  

This makes typewriters ideal for novel writers, reporters, and playwriters. It’s also a great tool for students to write college essays

Typewriters also get used by court reporters and wedding invitation designers. You’ll find them in funeral homes, police stations, and government offices.

Typewriters also create a way to make your resume stand out. It’s also an easy and old-school technique for writing a letter. This way you don’t have to go freehand if your script is not legible. 

Becoming Better for the Environment

The typewriter vs computer decision also comes down to being economical. Using a typewriter is a smart way to conserve resources

Older typewriters do not need electricity to operate. So, they are also more reliable should you lose power when trying to work. 

A typewriter is also better for your wellbeing, especially when working at night. Computers emit a glow that can disrupt sleeping patterns

The Evolution of the Typewriter

Those looking for a modern writing tool should consider a computer typewriter hybrid. These models give the same typewriter benefits with the convenience of technology. 

This includes electric typewriters or old typewriters that have gotten reconditioned. They offer word processing features, memory drives, and more efficient print speeds. They also have functions for erasing work and correcting spelling.  

This company even offers reconditioned typewriters that come with a warranty. All these innovative typewriter features can help you hone your writing process

Using a Typewriter to Enhance Your Writing Skills 

A typewriter is a machine that stands the test of time. It offers improved focus with a stylish sense of nostalgia. It can also help the environment while enhancing your own writing technique. 

So, ready to write? Here are a few tips for becoming a better writer.   

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The Rise of Soft Skills in the Digital Age

I’m not going to waste your time talking about how ingrained technology is in all our lives. You may be reading this on your smartphone while killing time at work, where you stare at a separate screen for hours, only to drive home and turn on another screen to relax.

Or maybe you’re rewarding yourself with a little down time after seeing your Fitbit has recorded an extra 1,000 steps today.  Or your kid is using the computer, so you’re tethered to the wall by the tablet charging cable, looking for a well-written blog post.  Or maybe you’re not, but the point is that you could see yourself, or anyone, in that situation.

This obsession with technology has led to an explosion of never-conceived businesses and jobs. Social media, IT departments, software development, data security, the list goes on, and we’re only going to become more dependent as time goes on.

Organizations estimate that one-third of their human resources budgets are delegated for hiring IT talent; computer science majors experience a 76% increase in their salary in just the first three years. Clearly, the stats all say that hard tech skills are what job seekers should be focusing on. Except that’s not the whole story.

With connectivity comes complexity

As technology becomes more and more ingrained in our lives, so does its complexity.  No one outside of a calculus classroom carries a phone and a calculator. Some of us rarely turn on a PC anymore, since our smartphones are sufficient for quick browsing.  Our cars come enabled with Bluetooth.

Soon, every household appliance will be connected to a singular device, which we will also use to send messages, pay for groceries, tell our car where to take us, open our front door, monitor our daily steps, and automatically remind us of appointments- and it already does most of that.

But as the interconnectivity and complexity of technology rises, our ability to understand it decreases. We can’t keep up with the constant stream of our own inventions. While specialists might be able to fully utilize every software update, most of us can’t be bothered to learn all the nuances every time.

That’s why IT is such an emerging field, but even they won’t be able to keep up with the coming technological evolutions. As Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner, says, “Our best hope may be that computers eventually will become smart enough to maintain themselves.”

Importance of soft skills

Where does that leave business now? While you certainly can’t forego employees with the technical skills that you need, you need soft skills now more than ever. According to an Adecco Staffing survey, there are twice as many business executives concerned with the soft skill gap than those worried about hard skills.

Traits like communication and critical thinking are becoming more highly valued than straight computer skills. Some businesses that require their employees to have technical know-how, like engineering firms, have tried to ignore soft skills in favor of some desperately sought-after experience, but this is no longer possible.

In fact, it’s commercial acumen, communication skills, and adaptability that employers should be prioritizing. Adaptability is especially useful in a world where technology is constantly evolving, and, realistically, malfunctioning.  Sometimes things do not go to plan, and employees need to take that in stride.

Similarly, it won’t matter how well you understand CSS or can fix a pipe if no one can relate to you. Google provides consumers with ten options on just the first page, and they will reject your business if they can’t communicate with your employees.  Additionally, your business will also suffer if your employees can effectively communicate with each other.

Moving forward

It’s important to provide employees with both soft and hard skill training. This can be expensive and time-consuming, so you will have to strike a balance particular to you. If you work in an industry that the hard skills can be learned on the job or fairly quickly, make sure you’re searching for candidates with appropriate soft skills.

However, if your employees must have hard skills before they walk through the door, that doesn’t give you an excuse to ignore soft skills entirely. Offer soft skill training and assessments, because while soft skills are more difficult to measure, they are just as important.

That holds true even in this technological age. We may cling to our iEverythings, but only because they allow us to tap into humanity. Your business needs to utilize this underlying need.

People may pay for your product or service if you can deliver, but using the human element gives you that much more leverage.  In a world where your competitors are accessible at the click of a mouse, you’ll need all the soft skills you can get.

Author: Dayton socializes for a living and writes for fun. She will forever be a prisoner of her family’s business, doomed to inherit responsibility despite frequent existential protests. 

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