How many MacRumors members can't type?

phreakout13

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Original poster
Jan 4, 2004
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South Eastern MA
I know I'm terrible at it. I use 2 fingers and it takes me forever yo type. I was thinking of switching a study hall to typing at school, but people say it's a bad class. Anyways, am I the only one here who can't type?
 

Duff-Man

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Dec 26, 2002
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Albuquerque, NM
Duff-Man says....I too am a "hunt and peck" 2 finger typist...on a good day I can get 3 or 4 fingers going...but over the years I have gotten pretty quick with the 2-finger routine...oh yeah!
 

kanker

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Nov 13, 2003
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Indy
It never hurts to have a typing class under your belt. I have to admit that I go between 2 finger typing and 'correct' typing, frequently in the same word, but if the lighting is low or I have my attention diverted from the screen, it certainly does help to have the 'correct' technique.
 

Mudbug

Administrator emeritus
Jun 28, 2002
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North Central Colorado
the answer to this question totally corresponds with how many drinks the poster has made... but that's a totally different thread ;)

I took a typing class in junior high (1989, I think?) as an elective - I thought at the time it might come in handy later on in school for writing papers or whatever. Then low and behold a few years later, I had a job as a typesetter. I haven't taken a real timed typing test in a long time, but last time I checked I was somewhere around 125-130 wpm without an error.

Stream of consciousness typing as in the forums slows me down a good bit, since often times I have more spelling issues than anything else with the words that are trying to flee the drowning ship that is my brain - but letter to letter retyping straight copy - I can fly. Comes in handy quite often - if anyone reading this is still in school, and your school offers a touch-type class, I'd snap it up. As the world progresses, you'll probably only use computers more, not less.
 

homerjward

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May 11, 2004
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fig tree
i've typed correctly since i was in 2nd grade :cool: but im really surprised at the number of my friends who can't type. my elementary was unique even in the district but we took computer class once a week for an hour from kindergarten thru 5th grade, then we need 45 minutes a day for a semester in 6th grade. most of that was typing. although for every person i know who can't type there's 1 who types like 80+ words a minute... :confused:

btw i learned to type using bank street writer on an apple lc 2. but we got gateways in 3rd grade and the district is now on the dark side...
edit: took the typing test and got 66wpm gross with 94% accuracy
 

iJon

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Feb 7, 2002
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Archaeopteryx said:
this web site ratesyour typing

http://www.typingtest.com/
That was fun. I have slowed down since Jr. High School. I used to be 110WPM, now I am at 73. Typing was a requirement since my early days at elementary school. Honestly I can't imagine not being able to type, I would feel like I am loosing so much time.

edit: I did again and got about 85WPM with 95% accuracy.

iJon
 

Kingsnapped

macrumors 6502a
Oct 16, 2003
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Los Angeles, CA
My dad got me "Mario teaches typing" when I was a youngin,' and I took typing throughout school, but my real typing skills didn't emerge for a while.

When I got a computer with AIM at home (1999ish), chatting with friends really taught me how to type. I never took up the aol shorthand crap, beyond brb or lol. Because of that, I can type pretty well. Around 70wpm copying, much faster when it's flowing out of my head.
 

iJon

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Feb 7, 2002
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Kingsnapped said:
Around 70wpm copying, much faster when it's flowing out of my head.
That's why I felt like I was going kind of slow. I type much faster when I am free flowing my thoughts. Makes much more sense now.

iJon
 

agreenster

macrumors 68000
Dec 6, 2001
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Walt Disney Animation Studios
I'm such a sucky typer. I was 48WPM with 95% accuracy. I never learned to touch type, and I always have to look at the keyboard. I type with my middle fingers, with thumbs for the spacebar and the occasional index finger sneaking through. Drat. Now that I'm paying attention, I'm miserable.

:mad:
 

Mr. Anderson

Moderator emeritus
Nov 1, 2001
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VA
I have an older keyboard and it slows me down some. I got around 50 wpm, but i know on some other keyboards I can get a bit more.

Regardless, I'm not a fast typist, although I can type in the dark:D

D
 

mj_1903

macrumors 6502a
Feb 3, 2003
563
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Sydney, Australia
I can type between 70-90 WPM with pretty high accuracy, but sadly I use a really strange means of typing. I only use 5-6 fingers, rather than all of them and don't use my thumb to hit the spacebar. I really should correct it... just don't have the time to relearn the sucker.
 

2A Batterie

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Jun 9, 2004
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Out of a Suitcase, USA
Archaeopteryx said:
this web site ratesyour typing

http://www.typingtest.com/


/edit I pulled a 25 WPM with 12 errors and a 57% accuracy :(
It's 1:30 am and I just got home from a gig. With a few drinks in me, I managed to net 64 wpm. I think there should also be a "How many MacRumors members do not know how to use spell check?". Obviously we all make errors here and there, but I hate posts that read like this... "Hey, I hve a queston. Why desn't ne-one respund to my posts? Prolly cuz u guyz r dummie-hedz." Obviously an over-exaggeration, but get my drift? Some of us suck at spelling, which is ok, but it can be a little bit funny when I read a post that is in some broken form of english.
 

Abstract

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Dec 27, 2002
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You know how you're supposed to place your index finger on the "F" and "J" keys, which explains the physical mark on both those keys? Well, I never took a course on typing, and when I taught myself to type, I just tried to imitate the shape and movement of the hands, not where to actually place my fingers. Since I didn't know that the index fingers had to be placed on F and J, I learned to type with my index fingers on "F" and "H". :eek:

I've tried to correct myself one time, but I couldn't do it, and I didn't see the point.

I type around 55-65 wpm with 100% accuracy every time. However, I always go back and make the correction on these tests, which slows me down. I can't leave a mistake because they actually bother me psychologically.
 

Nermal

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Staff member
Dec 7, 2002
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tech4all said:
Neat. But it seems to me that when you know your being tested for your typing speed and accuracy, you always screw up more than if you weren't.
Yep, I definitely agree with you there. Right now, I'm probably typing just as fast, if not faster, than during the test, and so far I haven't made a single mistake. However, while doing the test, I made several mistakes. Having the delete* key disabled* annoyed me too, because a few times I found myself pressing it.

*I made mistakes while typing these* words.
 

Diatribe

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Jan 8, 2004
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Back in the motherland
Nice test, tried it twice and got the same result on two different texts: 45wpm at 98% accuracy. I guess I suck. :D I should've taken those typing classes they offered in highschool. :rolleyes:
 

wPod

macrumors 68000
Aug 19, 2003
1,654
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Denver, CO
84WPM - the different tries on three different tests
with b/w 92 and 94% accuracy. i am screwd up by the capitol letters!! (though i do worse with numbers, i never got to numbers when i took typing in school in like fourth grade or something (back on an Apple II i believe, had to boot off a floppy drive (you know 5 1/4" floppy!)) i know ive taken other tests and gotten faster WPM but maybe im just out of practice!