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Adapting to Ten Fingers Rather than Two

Believe it or not, typing can be separated into “types” of its own.

The two most common typing techniques are “hunt and peck” and touch typing.

The hunt-and-peck method is more familiarly called two-finger typing. The typist usually hasn’t mastered the keyboard yet, which is why she has to hunt for the words on the board and the screen before she can type a word. However, Jarod Bianti is the current world-record holder for two-finger typing, at a speed of 110 words per minute.

Touch typing, on the other hand, involves ten fingers. Usually, those who use this method don’t need to look at the keyboard. They use muscle memory to memorize the keyboard and type without looking, which increases speed. Barbara Blackburn, the fastest typist in the world, reached 212 wpm using this method.

The latter method is faster and requires less energy, but those who are already comfortable with the hunt-and-peck method may need more convincing to level up to the touch typing method. So why should you change your typing style from two fingers to ten?

Efficiency

In the name itself, hunt-and-peck method has two main actions in it: the hunt and the peck. Because the typist has to look at both the keyboard and the screen, his attention is split. In touch typing, however, there is a designated home row the fingers have to be stationed on to easily navigate and find specific keys with each finger. You don’t have to look at your keyboard because you can trust your fingers to find the right letter. This makes movements more automatic and the transfer of thoughts into language more fluent. Focus on the keyboard becomes a reflex so you can focus on the content of the task.

Speed

The average typing speed of two-finger typists is 27 WPM. The average typing speed of a 10-finger typist is 40 WPM. That 13-word gap translates to a huge difference when it comes to typing over time. It has been proven that, with touch typing, ten emails can be accomplished in one hour, whereas someone using the hunt-and-peck method would work for two hours on the same task.

Accuracy

If you thought hunt-and-peck would be more accurate because you get to look at the keys, you thought wrong. Hunt-and-peck has actually been proven to be less accurate since you need to look at the keys while reading the screen and having to type quickly. Trying to focus on all three mental tasks at once can cause a mess, and makes it less likely for you to catch a mistake you have made.

Touch typing allows you to focus attention on the screen, so if you commit an error it is easier for you to identify it and reverse the mistake. Touch typists read and correct as they type, and they don’t lose time double-checking their fingers.

If these facts have helped you decide to make the change, you can make use of a typing course either through your university or the internet. If your school or university doesn’t have specialized computer courses, you can easily find typing programs all over the internet. You can start with games first to get the hang of it. Check out TypeRacer or Typer Shark. Then you can test your skill out in TypingTest.com. After that, you can begin legitimate courses with Typesy which guarantees that, with daily use, you can be a master of the keyboard in less than two weeks.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to change from a two into a ten. Happy typing!

Wednesday, May 8th 2019