• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Study: Kids do better with pen than keyboard

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 29, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Researchers said children may be wasting more than just time when they text and e-mail their buddies. They may be wasting intelligence, too.A new study tested more than 200 grade school kids in writing with both a pen and computer keyboard. The results found students wrote more -- and faster -- when using a pen.

In addition, fourth and sixth graders wrote more complete sentences when using a pen.

Researchers believe kids make better connections with the written word.

Ten million U.S. kids are now eligible for therapy due to illegible handwriting.