Do you push the spacebar with your left or right thumb? Both?

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Which thumb do you push the spacebar with?

  1. The left!

    28 vote(s)
    27.2%
  2. The right!

    57 vote(s)
    55.3%
  3. Both!

    18 vote(s)
    17.5%
  1. jmann macrumors 604

    jmann

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    #1
    I realized that I always push it with my left hand (I'm left handed), I noticed this because all the finish is worn off the spacebar on the left side. :p It is very noticeable with the black keys. What thumb do you push the spacebar with?
     
  2. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    It depends on which finger typed the last letter of the word - if it's a finger on my left hand, my left thumb hits the spacebar. My right hand - my right thumb.

    FWIW, I'm left handed.
     
  3. jmann thread starter macrumors 604

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    That is the proper way we are taught in schools but I was never able to do it automatically with my right and. My right is stupid. :)
     
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    I'm a righty.

    When I took typing in eighth grade, they taught us to use our right thumb, so I've done it ever since.

    Curiously, when I use AutoCAD, I use only my left hand on the keyboard, including my left thumb on the spacebar (which acts as the Enter key).
     
  5. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    I never took a real typing class - I guess I just fell into that way of doing it. Your post is making me actually pay attention to it. For some reason every so often my right index finger will hit the spacebar too. I can't find much rhyme or reason to it.
     
  6. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I don't even know, I tried to test this right now, while I was typing this sentence, and heck, I think I pressed the spacebar with my middle finger? My pinky?

    Wasn't my thumbs that's for sure.


    Ah there we go, it's either my left thumb, or my right index finger. I type fastest this way, even though I know it might not be correct. Nope, I know it's not correct :p. Sometimes I press the left handed keys with my right hand, yet I still manage to get about 80-100 wpm without errors, typing this way.
     
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I push the space bar with my right thumb and I'm right handed.
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Whichever is closer at the time - usually the right.
     
  9. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    For me the left thumb - i am also right handed
     
  10. macjram macrumors 6502a

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    I wish there was an option for using both because I'm watching myself type right now and whatever the last letter is I use the opposite thumb.
     
  11. jmann thread starter macrumors 604

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    Can I add another option? or restart the poll? I completely forgot. :(
     
  12. iObama macrumors 6502

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    Right. I never EVER use the left thumb. Just feels too weird. I'm a righty, BTW.
     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I think the mods have to do it.
     
  14. jmann thread starter macrumors 604

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    I asked. Or even if they deleted the poll so I could recreate it correctly. :)
     
  15. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I thought I used my left thumb but while typing this it has become apparent that my left thumb doesn't do anything at all.

    Left pinkie - left shift, left ctrl
    Left thumb - hey it's not lazy! It does left option and left command. Which I rarely use. So it's kinda lazy.
    Remaining left fingers go on various keys over to the 7, Y, G, and V keys.

    Right thumb does space.
    Right pinkie is enter and a few miscellaneous punctuation.
    I don't use the right modifiers really ever.

    I took a typing class in 7th or 8th grade and never could get the hang of the proper way to do it. But I think that was in part since I had been typing since I was 6 or 7 anyway.

    Home row is for chumps! :D
     
  16. jmann thread starter macrumors 604

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    I fixed it for you. :)
     
  17. zephead macrumors 68000

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    I guess us righties are in the minority here for once. :eek:

    I never thought about it before, but I always use my right thumb. I tried pushing the spacebar with my left thumb but it's a little awkward, and I keep unconsciously hitting the spacebar with my right thumb.
     
  18. bc008 macrumors 68000

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    Same for me :) I can actually see the little shine spot from my left thumb now that I look
     
  19. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Left thumb, I am right handed. I never really noticed before you asked and had to watch myself type to find the answer.

    Arg... that was mean, now I see it too. Good thing the top case is getting replaced soon!
     
  20. redking31591 macrumors 6502

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    i'm right handed and I press it with my left.
     
  21. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Absolutely always with my right thumb. The right half of my spacebar always gets way worn down while the left side remains good as new!
     
  22. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    I totally just realized that I don't use my left thumb for anything. Weird.
     
  23. huntnboy04 macrumors regular

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    left, and I am right handed. well I probably use both..
     
  24. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I generally hit the space bar with my right thumb.
     
  25. Love macrumors 68000

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    Whatever's closer. However I find my self using my right hand quite a bit for it .
     

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