The topic has been raised in the past, but I wanted to share an article, it's in French though ;) so I'll just share the juicy details here.
The title says "SMS generation threatening Chinese ideograms"
As you can guess, it's taking shots at how technology, mainly Chinese input on computer and mobile devices has made it so convenient for Chinese people to write Chinese, that many of them are having trouble handwriting Chinese.
They are dubbed generation 提笔忘字 tibiwangzi.
- based on a survey of 2072 people, 83% claim facing problems memorizing characters
- a national survey finds that 60% of professors are not happy with their students' loss of writing ability.
The Ministry of Education is already on it, and has started taking actions about the issue. A conference about it has even been held last year. They are trying to push students to handwrite homework for example.
Could this be "good news" for Skritter?
Are we wasting our time studying the Writing mode in Skritter? ;) j/k
The article is available here: http://www.rue89.com/2010/07/23/chine-la-generation-tibiwangzi-oublie-lalphabet-traditionnel-159658
But you can also google tibiwangzi, there's already plenty of talks about it.