October 25, 2013
Life After QWERTY

Humans speak at a rate of about 120 words per minute, yet many practiced typists get words out only about half as fast, and most of us text at a crawling 14 to 31 wpm. The culprit is the 1870s-era qwerty keyboard layout, named for its top left six keys. By some accounts, qwerty was designed to slow us down—to avoid typewriter jams, it spaced out the most commonly used letter pairs—and it slows us down even more now that we’re doing much of our typing with our thumbs, on smartphones and tablets.
Read more. [Image: Levi Brown]

Life After QWERTY

Humans speak at a rate of about 120 words per minute, yet many practiced typists get words out only about half as fast, and most of us text at a crawling 14 to 31 wpm. The culprit is the 1870s-era qwerty keyboard layout, named for its top left six keys. By some accounts, qwerty was designed to slow us down—to avoid typewriter jams, it spaced out the most commonly used letter pairs—and it slows us down even more now that we’re doing much of our typing with our thumbs, on smartphones and tablets.

Read more. [Image: Levi Brown]

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    or we could just dvorak
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    Yep. Because the less computer-literate demographic needs something else to confuse them. Although, I would love to give...
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    I did not know that. But I actually can type faster than I can speak sometimes. Or maybe its just faster than I can...
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