Kids in Philly are part of a crazy new fad: learning typewriting?

A typewriter shop in Philadelphia is holding classes for kids — and they're showing up!

Manual typewriting has been enjoying something of a comeback in the past decade or so, but I wouldn't have expected kids to be into it. As one girl in the video explains, she likes how typewriting forces you to focus on what you're writing because you won't be able to easily fix your mistakes. The pendulum swings, I guess. One of the things that was so freeing about digital word processing was the ease with which you could get your ideas down and how easily you could edit them.

But this girl has a point. Maybe it's time for us to slow down and choose our words more carefully. As the shopkeeper points out, manual typewriting has something of a calming effect — and no text alerts!

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