A friend of mine was chatting on the internet with me via Gtalk. She was from a vernacular background (not blaming her) and I noticed most of her IMs were in SMS lingo – Hw r u? Whr r v gng 4 pknik?
She is not the only friend of mine to do that while typing. Many of them resort to using SMS text while typing. I.e. they prefer to write the shorter version of the word rather than the longer and legitimate version of it.
India boasts of a booming IT industry and a lot Software developers have come in from India’s graduates. Yet in while becoming pros at the hardware and software, these pros are getting the fundamental basics of Input wrong – in Typing.
Here’s how the infection occurs:
Some people haven’t don’t get a computer since their childhood. Either because they couldn’t afford it or because computers weren’t the rage back then. They grow up, they get a job themselves, then their first laptop or PC comes in. They are all eager to chat with all their friends, send emails and update their social media etc. Their friend has sent them an Instant Message but they’re still replying to their email. They don’t know where each alphabet is placed.
The urgency to respond is higher than the need for accuracy. These are all fore finger based inputs. They’re looking for the even basic letters on the keyboard.
They look out for more complicated key on the keyboard. Gradually with the fore finger they have brought in the middle finger too (no pun intended). They’re typing is faster. Thumbs get involved to hit the space. It’s now becoming a habit.. to use the wrong fingers for the wrong keys. This is the teen-age stage. People now have a sense of being able to type fast, and with that new-found power, they keep at it.
The disease reaches it’s ‘adult’ stage. They become close to the touch typists speed using three fingers. They however need to gaze down at the keyboard for keys far apart. They do not see the need to replace their current typing style with the recommended one.
[This bit is Fiction] One day they realize that their two fingers are bigger than the other three put together. Doctors also tell them that they might be suffering from bone and tissue damage due to extensive use of those fingers. [End of Fiction]
So what’s the cure for the disease? Or What’s life on the other side of three finger typing?
- Learn to place your fingers properly on a keyboard. Using a software like TypingMaster.
- You cut away the need to hit the P and the A with your fore finger.. by just not doing it. In case you did it. Hit backspace with your index finger or pinky and use the little finger to type. Force the damn hand.
- Don’t skip the vowels, write the whole word. Don’t write “Hw r you”.. write “How the hell are you punk? Where were you the last couple of days??” .. full sentences.
Need outweighs importance. Sometimes you may have to shorten your words. But if you become good at typing, you may find it easy to type the whole word without even thinking about it. i.e. You will soon eliminate the need for short messaging all together.
Just three simple rules to not having your fore fingers swell up like sausages because you’ve been typing with them all your life. You might be able to prevent early arthritis on your fingers doing this, who knows? It also helps when you’re able to type out a whole sentence without using SMS text .. like the sentences in this blog. Gradually your spelling will get better too!
Your colleagues get a lot more done if they typed with all ten fingers, wouldn’t they?