Clive Thompson reports on the Stanford Study Of Writing, which found that "young people today write far more than any generation before them." Thompson:
It's almost hard to remember how big a paradigm shift this is. Before the Internet came along, most Americans never wrote anything, ever, that wasn't a school assignment. Unless they got a job that required producing text (like in law, advertising, or media), they'd leave school and virtually never construct a paragraph again.
(Hat tip: Text Patterns)