Attempts at understanding life
Last week, I wrote about my bad handwriting. Today, I’d like to talk about handwriting’s counterpart on a keyboard, typing.
As those of you who gchat or text me know, my messages are riddled with typos. When I actually type more formal documents such as school papers or online messages like this blog post, I (sadly have to) go back and fix all my errors. While I wish that I could type everything correctly the first time, alas, that is not the case (it took me four tries just to get the word “could” the way I wanted it). I’d like to talk about typos today (what an original thesis). Even though everyone makes mistakes from time to time, it seems that I make a disproportionately high number of them while typing on a computer. When I make typos on a virtual keyboard, I can pass that off as “my finger slipped” or “the phone didn’t register my taps,” but on a computer, I really have no excuse. I know that I can type well, but why do I make so many mistakes? I started using a computer a lot about 4.5 years ago (it feels so much longer), which is plenty of time to master typing. At my best, I can type around 100 words per minute, although usually, I must think while typing, equating to maybe 50 words per minute. Thus, I would say that I am a pretty competent typer. The problem is that for every minute I type, almost 10 seconds is spent pressing the backspace key and rewriting something I’ve already written. But, if I’ve been typing for almost 5 years and still can’t always hit the right keys, what’s my problem? I’ve noticed that when my fingers are cold or when I’m tired, I’m likely to make more mistakes or type slower. When either of the aforementioned ailments befalls me, I can pass off my failure to type well as something caused by an external influence. But when I’m feeling completely normal and I make mistakes, then there may be some problems. It may be because my fingers just don’t like to listen to my brain’s commands, as can be demonstrated by my two years of failure when I played piano. But I don’t seem to have that many problems playing the violin, which calls for a much greater agility of the fingers in my left hand. (I’ve never really noticed it, but just as I was typing that sentence, I realized that I seemed to make more mistakes on the right side of my keyboard, or when my left hand outpaces my right hand and I end up with letters from the left side of my keyboard before letters from the right side when it should be the other way around.) There doesn’t seem to be a problem in my head (although some may disagree), as I still seem to feel, and automatically correct, when I type something wrong even when I’m not looking at my keyboard or my computer screen, which seems to be normal as shown in this article. Maybe there’s a correlation between bad handwriting and bad typing, as they may use the same part of the brain, which would partially explain my failure to communicate very well in these forms (If any of you have any thoughts on this, please comment below). More likely, it would be the part of the brain that pays attention to details being lazy or something. Regardless of why I’m so bad at typing, it’s a real pain (where, I will not say). I sometimes wish there would be a program that analyzes what I’m thinking and then converts it into words on my computer. That would make life so much easier. Eh, I guess I should practice typing so my fingers are more used to pressing keys in a certain order sometime. Hopefully. Maybe. Probably not. Whatever, I’m probably just doomed to fail at typing. Or maybe my keyboard just sucks. Thanks for reading, ~Royal