Is there a disadvantage of hunt-and-peck typing?

Many people are using 2-4 fingers only in typing but does this pose any danger in our hands?

Hi Silas,

If you’ve learned to type, you’ve probably tried the trusty method of “hunting and pecking,” otherwise known as the two-finger or Brady method. There’s something secure about typing this way, because you can confirm easily after each keystroke that the letter you selected is the letter you got. However, this method is slower, less accurate, and can cause strain to your body, because it invites poor posture for your hands and neck. It’s a lot harder to type well when you’re battling tendonitis!

Thanks, and I hope that helped.

Best Regards,
Aidan Bernales
Community Moderator at Typesy

Hello there, @silasmccullough!

It is awfully hard to hunt and peck in a way that is physically sustainable! Hunt and peck typists usually have their wrists angled too harshly for comfortable long term use. Touch typing is more conducive to better posture and positioning. You should be holding your wrists in a neutral position, with the thumb running parallel to the forearm, the wrist bending only slightly upwards.

If you are aware and careful, you can avoid long term damage, but the risk does seem to be higher for hunt and peck typists simply due to the nature of needing to see the keys.

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)