questionsas an adult, do you still use pencils?

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I can write quicker with a pencil. I use them all of the time. If I am taking notes, or phone messages, a pencil is a must.

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Being left handed, I've always hated pencils. The graphite transfers to your hand as you write, and getting it off is a PITA from what I remember. I stopped using them (except for when I didn't have a choice) in the third grade.

My math teachers all hated me. I never showed my work (it's hard to show work done in your head), and I always used a pen. Drove them mad.

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No. Never never never. The feeling of graphite rubbing against paper is the tactile equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

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Yep, some of my work requires pencil, as the dyes in ink can fluoresce. (sp?) I like the mechanical ones, though.

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I work in accounting so I make pencil notes for calculations frequently. I always have a pencil floating around on my desk where a pen I have to go look for. I use an automatic however as wood pencils dull quickly making it much harder to neatly write small. In my personal life I never use pencils.

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@wingnutzero: Have you tried the liquid graphite pencils? They write as smooth as a G2, Engergel, or 537RT gel pen. ( http://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-Liquid-Mechanical-Pencils-1770244/dp/B003VQHQ8E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334612447&sr=8-1 )

To answer the question, I use pencils every day. You just can't write on a textured plastic battery housing with a pen and the erasers are great for cleaning contacts.

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I use mechanical pencils sometimes when not near a computer or tablet. My handwriting is terrible, so I need to erase and correct my chicken scratches in order to actually be able to read them later.
The only time I use non-mechanical pencils is when I'm trying to be a handy-man; marking wood for cutting or walls for hanging stuff. I don't currently have one of those flat, roofer's pencils, but those things are sweet!

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@theoneill555: That completely blew my mind.

Liquid. Pencil.

Anyway, back to the OP, I use pencils when I draw (more like doodle) in my free time. By no means am I artsy or talented, but I like the ability to correct my oft-made mistakes.

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@theoneill555: that concept is cool, but the reviews are bad :(
makes me think of a gel pen but with graphite gel/ink

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Sure do. Graphite pencils, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, wood pencils, mechanical pencils, drafting lead holders.

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I don't but my husband uses a mechanical pencil to do our books.

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@w00tgurl: The reviews are accurate. They do write inconsistently. I had to experiment with writing styles to get the best performance out of them (but when they work, they are pretty nice. It would have been nice if they were effortless writing implements.

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I, too, use pencils only for drawing.

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Pencils are evil. Love pens though.

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I use the little stubby ones provided at sushi bars, Mary Mac's Tea Room, and miniature golf courses.

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Yep. I like pencils for everything that isn't a signed document.

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@rprebel: I used to get points deducted for not doing the work. It broke me of that habit quickly. I'm a software developer now, and it's useful to be able to break down the math work into separate operations, the way you do when you show work in class.

I sometimes use pencils when I'm working on a program design (or something similar, where I may want to change things back and forth). I also sometimes do sketches in pencil. I haven't done much art in a while, but I like graphite as a medium.

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I regularly use pencils. At work I use almost exclusively pencil. I like to be able to erase and make changes. When I write in books, I always do it in pencil. And I like to use pencil for drawing (really more doodling). I too prefer mechanical pencils, preferably 0.5mm lead.

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I use a pencil for college but only a mechanical one. I figure we are far enough advanced that I shouldn't have to attempted to sharpen a pencils (which usually takes a few tries)

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I just used one today - by choice, on purpose no less!

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They only let me use crayons here.

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@rprebel: As a math teacher myself, I can relate from the other perspective. My rule though is that pencils are required for tests (where there's limited room to show your work) but in my students' notebooks anything goes. I think those that require pencils all the time are either anal-retentive or are just following the status quo without giving much thought to their reasons - which is not a great trait for a teacher. Refusing to blindly accept the status quo also led me to do away with homework.

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Nope. Heck, I rarely even use a pen unless it's to write a quick "went to store" note, or phone message.

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Great question, really. I don't use pencils, because I like the look of ink better. I do crosswords in ink. I write letters in ink. Yes, I write letters, although very few. Sadly, most people I would write to have left this mortal coil.

When I first started working, long ago, a secretary set up my desk, providing me with all the things I might need. I got a ton of graph paper, pens, several note pads (with my name already printed on them, no less), pens, and a pencil. I still have the pencil. It may have been used three or four times in the past 35-40 years. Maybe.

I love pens. I have a ton of them, nearly all with random company names on them (Google, Novell, Yahoo, Charter, Mariott...if it's pretty, I'll take it).

Wait, do eyebrow pencils count? How about eyeliner? I have a ton of those.

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@mathmonkey: We always came to an understanding with the pen and the whole "show your work" thing, and it was never a problem. Teachers are great. Thank you for everything you do.

@khellendros1984: They would threaten to give me an F sometimes, at first. Every year, for each new teacher, I'd have the same conversation about not having anything to write down but maybe a few random numbers here and there that wouldn't make sense to anyone not currently in my head. They all understood, and it always worked out.

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Carpenters pencils.... Mechanical drafting Pencils...

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Pencils are better than pens for stabbing people! (I keed, I keed!)

I rarely use one at work. A pen works just fine when it's working.

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My question would be why wouldn't you use a pencil?

While most of what I do is in pen, I still use pencils on occasion.

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I use pencils regularly. I have a manual hand-crank pencil sharpener that I take with me wherever I work.

I find it can be very therapeutic to get up from your desk once in a while and sharpen your pencil.

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@rprebel: That's unusual. I had that same conversation several times a year in most of my school years. The usual gist of the teachers' argument was "We're learning to do the math a particular way, and you can show work if you do the math that way. Show the work, or you don't get credit for the assignment." I used to be penalized for reading ahead and using the easier methods too...

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I keep a mechanical pencil in my flute case so I have it handy to mark my music.... that reminds me, I need to put new lead in it.

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I use mechanical pencils but not wood pencils. I prefer a colorful pen when the work is just for my own use or it won't be seen by anyone else (yes, I'm a 12 year old girl at heart!).

My boss has to have a "real" wood pencil and a notebook. None of that fancy fandagled electrical gizmos for him.

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I still use mechanical pencils and pens on occasion. Sometimes I like to jot notes or other times I'm not by a computer.

Electronics constitute the vast, vast majority of what I write, but I still do use pencils.

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I use mechanical pencils; I'm a big puzzle fan and, of course, I make mistakes. I also carry a mechanical eraser.

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Wooden pencils for me. I don't use them so much that I have to worry about them getting dull quickly (I have a pencil sharpener handy anyway). But for me the big thing is to make sure I'm using a heavier than average weight of paper, especially if I am going to be making a lot of corrections and erasures.

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Use them all the time, for doodling, project drawings (hobby-related), etc.

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As a mathematician, I use pencils all the time.

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I use pencils when working puzzle books since ink tends to bleed through the pages and to fix the occasional mistakes. Also used them when I took accounting classes; it's no fun getting to the end of a problem just to find out you made a mistake somewhere early on. Other than that, I just grab whatever I grab first, be it pen or pencil. Although I do prefer pens when writing since I can write smaller and neater with them.

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I use pencils for D&D. That's it.

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Define "adult", does that mean grown up?