Recent news stories about people who can’t seem to type or spell correctly have become so frequent that they’ve even earned their own hashtag!
Many people believe that these errors are an indication of something more significant than just someone who is struggling with typing skills.
Some feel that this person has underlying mental health issues, while others think that they’re trying to prove that they know as much jargon as possible. (A really annoying way to spend your time, we must say!)
Either way, it’s important to take these instances seriously because how you respond to them reflects on you. If people perceive you as being close-minded or intolerant, then chances are you’ll be limiting yourself from potential career opportunities later in life.
It’s also worth noting that social media posts with spelling and grammatical mistakes may hurt your online reputation. People will likely assume that you don’t care about what you put out into the world, which isn’t a good look for anyone.
Make plans carefully
Typing is a fundamental skill that almost every adult should know how to do, at least from touch-typing with no errors.
But what if we told you that most of these adults can’t type? Or worse, they can’t even write their own name?
We refer to this as being “can’t type among us.” More than half of all Americans over the age of 15 are not able to read or write our native language, English!
This is a serious problem because literacy is a key component to success in life. You will probably need it to complete any job beyond flipping burgers.
It also means that many people will be limited in opportunities for employment, education, and self-development. This was definitely not the case for me when I couldn’t spell cat. (I still got into Harvard though!)
Whether you are young or old, novice or advanced, there are ways to improve your typing speed and accuracy. And you don’t have to learn about typography or design to achieve this!
Here are 6 easy tips to help you become a faster typer.
Be aware of your surroundings
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Typing is a skill that takes practice, but you can always find ways to hone your skills. Just because you make a mistake once does not mean you should give up.
As with any other languages, typing quickly will take time. You are not going to become a lightning fast typer in the first few days or weeks of learning how to type effectively. It may even feel frustrating at times.
That is completely normal! Do not get discouraged. This process will go much more smoothly if you remain positive and keep seeking out help.
It is very common to feel stressed when you make a mistake while trying to learn how to touch-type. This makes sense since it feels like you have made something bad happen for yourself, but there is no need to worry about that.
Typing is an easy language to pick up again, especially if you do not put too much pressure on yourself. Starting off slow is the best way to ensure success.
Practice with a keyboard
Let’s look at something that is totally fun to do! If you can’t type, there are many ways to improve your typing speed. Most people start by practicing with a keyboard, but most people don’t continue to practice it because they think their hands get tired or muscle groups struggle to learn how to touch-type.
There is an easy way to test yourself on what you know of the alphabet and the numbers. You can find free online tests here or you could make your own using Google as a source. Either one will work well for you!
Once you have learned the basics, you can begin trying to type short phrases and/or documents. Try looking up common words and putting those together into a sentence or document.
Try having conversations with friends
Being able to type quickly is very important, but you should think twice before taking it too seriously. After all, there’s a reason we call some people “typing geeks.”
Some of the most successful people in the world can’t write their own names or spell their own first name. Oprah Winfrey cannot read beyond simple things like grocery lists. Bill Gates does not know how to use an average calculator.
These are just examples of someone who didn’t learn how to touch-type at a young age.
Talk to your doctor
Finding someone you can talk to about mental health issues is very important, especially if you are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety. Your family member, friend, coworker, or even yourself may not know how to help you, so it is crucial that you find someone you feel comfortable talking to about such things.
It is also important to remember that no one else will understand what you are going through like a close loved one would. There is an extra layer of stigma when it comes to mental illness that most people don’t experience.
Some ways to identify if this is someone you could speak with about your mental health includes if they seem down or depressed more often than normal, they avoid eye contact, and/or they say little to nothing at times.
If you do notice these signs in someone, ask if they are feeling well and if anything has been affecting their mood. If you get a response, be direct and tell them they look stressed out or unhappy and if that was ever the case, they should talk to us about their feelings.
Typing quickly is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you have your hands full. You will probably be drinking quite a bit while doing it as well!
Most people cannot type faster than their natural speed. This is because they are using too much muscle when typing, so they can’t activate any other muscles.
By having dry fingers, you may not be able to feel the difference between wet and dry skin, which could potentially cause health problems later on. Make sure to always drink enough water so that your mouth (for example) does not feel dehydrated.
Drinking enough water also helps keep your body warm, which aids in preventing finger numbness. If needed, use gel-type beverages such as milk or honey instead of plain water to ensure you still get the desired amount.
Let’s look at some ways to enjoy yourself, you being you, your own personal style that makes you happy and special.
You are someone who loves to play sports and exercise so join a team or start one that encourages fitness and activity.
Become involved in community activities such as joining an organization or club that has fun events every month.
Participate in social gatherings, especially with friends you have met through work or school.
Reading is a great way to spend time. Get into a routine of reading for 30 minutes each day.