I started learning this skill when I was 14 years old, an optional subject in high school. Sometime later, I was learning typewriting.
Shorthand writing may no longer be experiencing the glory days it had in the past, however, it is not at all dead by any means. It may be true that with the computer-age upon us, this method is no longer the norm in court rooms, but there are still thousands or millions who still use it for employment purposes, who use personal shorthand to make their lives easier and more productive, or who enjoy it as a hobby.
I still find it very useful in my
daily life especially when making records and notes.