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With Typing, Ten Fingers are Better than Two!
Some time ago, typing was considered a skill that every young woman should know, and any people learned to type with machine-gun precision. Others ended up as housewives and mothers, which required very little knowledge about typing at all. Two problems happened: As times began to change, young women no longer worked in traditional positions of secretaries and office workers and needed no typing skills, or their mothers knew little about typing and saw no need to encourage training. There is the other end of the gender spectrum, where men were the breadwinners or sports enthusiasts, and learning to type wasnít even something to be considered.
Where does that leave us today? With a huge group of individuals, both male and female, who are all grown up and have no typing skills at all. This can be a huge drawback in a computer-filled world where keyboards and mice are the norm, not the exception. Sure, plenty of people hammer words out on the computer screen, doing an awkward routine of searching for the key, hitting it with one finger and squinting at the screen to see if they did the right thing. Others have progressed, becoming skilled at two-fingered typing or maybe even working up to the use of four fingers.
But why not learn proper typing skills? It only makes sense to invest a little time into learning how to type with both hands and all ten fingers, considering that keyboards are here to stay and will continue to rise in use (that is, until voice recognition becomes the norm). If you canít beat them, join them; right?
Learning typing is very, very easy and doesnít take long with a bit of practice. The basics involve putting your fingers in proper typing position, and then memorizing the position of the keys. Unless you have failing memory, this should be a breeze. You can start with two keys and add others as your brain catches on where the first two keys are. Pretty simple, huh?
Besides, learning to type is as easy as playing a game. You can either buy software or find a resource on the internet (ask your kids to help you type in the right search words!) that will turn learning into a sort of computer game. Some have you shoot letters as they come at you, others have you try to type out short words to earn points. How fast you learn and how well you type only depends on how much practice you do, but the good thing is, once youíve figured it all out, you donít have to keep updating your skills, you wonít forget how to type, and you can only get better.
To see where youíre at now, as far as typing skills go, try the typing test on www.Free-Typing-Test.com. Have some fun with it. Try it with two fingers (or whatever way you type now), and then try it by putting your fingers in the right position. Youíll get different scores, sure, but now the challenge is to beat your two-fingered scores using ten fingers!
About the Author: Chris Dunn runs a medical transcription company and enjoys writing articles about useful resources like free typing tests.