Why touch typing?

Why should I switch to touch typing from using two fingers?

Hi Jordana,

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!

Best Regards,
Aidan Bernales
Community Moderator at Typesy

Hello, @jordanabritt!

It’s true! 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. You should be holding your wrists in a neutral position, with the thumb running parallel to the forearm, the wrist bending only slightly upwards. This can be a hard position to sustain if you’re constantly having to look at they keys to know which to hit.

If you are aware and careful, you can avoid long term damage, but I’d instead suggest transitioning to touch typing for myriad reasons. Touch typing is definitely more conducive to better posture and positioning, but it’s also more efficient and frees your eyes up!

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)