Two-finger typists as just as fast as “touch typing” people (VIDEO).

Leave Two-Finger Typers Alone: Research Proves They’re Just as Fast as "Touch Typists" (Video)

Leave Two-Finger Typers Alone: Research Proves They’re Just as Fast as "Touch Typists" (Video)

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Feb. 13 2016 3:30 PM

Vindication for Two-Finger Typists

People who teach themselves to type can be just as fast as people who are trained.

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Researchers at Aalto University in Finland looked at how people moved their fingers while typing by using a motion-capture system with 12 high-speed infrared cameras. They found that the number of fingers used doesn’t affect typing speed: touch typists who utilize all 10 fingers were neck and neck, or knuckle and knuckle, with those who were self-taught.

Using finger-to-key mapping, or which finger is used to press certain keys, the team found commonalities between how we all type: when it comes to speed, fast typists use the same finger to press the same key every time and tend to keep their hands steady.