Anyone else not type "properly"?

By jdcunningham09 - updated: 6 days, 18 hours ago - 7 messages

I never learned the proper way of typing (all fingers, set initially on the home row), and the term "home row" means nothing to me. By the time I even learned that there was a proper way to type, I was already so proficient at my own way that I didn't even bother learning.

Basically, I use the pointer and middle fingers on both of my hands, and that's about it (given exceptions here and there). The left hand seems to be more middle finger dominant, and the right hand seems to be more pointer finger dominant, but both hands implement both fingers when needed. I also don't have a "starting position"; whenever I begin a new sentence, I just bring the fingers to the first letters of the first word, and launch into an endless, dynamic flow of hand movement until the next break. My average WPM is about 90-95, and my accuracy is around 97%. Even if I type super leisurely, my WPM still rests around 80. And, whenever I even attempt the proper way, it feels so rigid to me that I can't even bring myself to bother.

Does anyone else have their own personally developed way of typing that actually works?
By vimcredible - posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

With your method can you type without looking at the keyboard?
By jdcunningham09 - posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

Yes. In fact, just moments ago I hit 120wpm with 100% accuracy and didn't look down once. However, since neither of my hands ever remain stationary (both hands are just going all over the place at all times), sometimes I will glance down to maintain proper reference, or if I make a mistake and lose my place. All in all, I'd say that I spend about 5% of my time looking at the keyboard, if not less.
By vevilo - posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

I used to type using a combination of touch typing and doing whatever with my other hand. I had my left hand on the home row and sort of typed properly with that, but used the pointer and middle finger of my right hand for everything else. I also only ever used the right shift.

I have now transitioned to typing properly (full touch typing). From my experience it only took four days to get used to it (you can see on my profile the effect it had). I am glad I did, as I feel like I am improving much faster now. In my opinion, learning touch typing is a good idea, as I find it much easier to type in punctuation, such as semi-colons, quotations, parentheses, and numbers.
Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
By vimcredible - posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

jdcunningham if you can type 120WPM@100% 'improperly' without looking down then props to you, keep doing your thing. Just know you're not human ;)
By jdcunningham09 - posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

Haha thanks. Of course, that was my all time best, so far. My average seems to be about 100 now, with around 98% accuracy. Still... I'll take it!
By di-ferr - posted: 1 week ago

Wow that's fantastic
By user282294 - posted: 6 days, 18 hours ago

That is quite impressive, but typing the proper way isn't really about speed as many people (such as yourself) have demonstrated that you can attain quite sufficient speed by using pretty much any method you like.
In reality 60-70 wpm should be quite enough to keep up with your thought proccess, higher speeds can really only be attained if you don't need to think about what you are typing, as in copying text or dictation where there is no real need to understand what you are writing.
In any other situation you are going to want to pause and think about what you want to write anyway, and there will inevitably be some cut/paste, going back, refrasing etc... involved in the process.
The point of proper finger positionning is to minimise movement and therefore reduce muscular and tendon stress, which in turn improoves endurance and reduces the risk of injury.
Still I kind of wish I could do that, as the problem with touch typing is that as soon as your hands aren't in the right position (as in leaning over the back of your couch to quickly search something on google using your left hand only) you get lost real quickly