If you were to look up why we write on paper on the Internet answers such as price and availability appear. Firstly, paper is a cheap material. Secondly, it’s been around for centuries. But there is a benefit often overlooked. When the pen or pencil moves against the surface of the paper it gives muscle feedback to the writer. This helps a writer learn the amount of pressure they need to place through their pen when writing. Children learn how to form a letter by feeling of knowing whether the pen is going up, down or turned.
You cannot get this same type of muscle feedback when writing on a whiteboard. A pen against the whiteboard goes too fast for the user to be able to control the movement. This is particularly hazardous when young children are learning how to form letters. Wrongly, we may think that writing on the whiteboard is saving the environment. But it actually doesn’t help children to improve their handwriting.