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View Poll Results: Do you look at the keys when you type?
Under 40 Yes 5 7.04%
Under 40 No 39 54.93%
Over 40 Yes 8 11.27%
Over 40 No 18 25.35%
42 keys but you're question ain't one 1 1.41%
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Old 02-06-2018, 03:47 PM
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Let me turn that around.

What else would you look at?

The screen? What do you think is going to happen there while you are typing?

A source document? this isn't a secretarial pool in the 1960s, most actuaries aren't transcribing things

What are you looking at?

I'm sure I could improve my touch typing skills, but I can't think of a better thing to do with my eyes than to move them between the screen and keyboard
I'm usually looking at the results of what I'm typing, although also at other information on my computer screen. When do you look up to see if you have new mail and stuff? And how fast can you really be typing if you're looking all the time? How do you type minutes during a meeting, just stare at the keyboard and ignore the people?
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What about when you are entering data into a spreadsheet? In my last career in pensions, I had to enter data manually into a spreadsheet to check calculations from analysts, and if I had to constantly be switching from the paper, or PDF on my other screen, to my keyboard, it would have taken much longer.
Some of us are above that pay grade. I've spent most of my professional career working to remove data entry from the list of things I had to do.
"Can I get this information in a text or Excel file?"
"Of course!" We just make the printout because no one has told us not to."
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Old 02-07-2018, 03:29 PM
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Heard a great story of someone that sent an email to her IT dept with the claim that her password, which worked fine if she was seated, did not work if she typed it while standing. She had to send a follow-up to convince them she was serious, and they sent a tech up who was amazed to have the exact same experience when he type his password on her computer.

Turns out, someone had switched two of her key on her keyboard (M and N, maybe), and when seated, she didn't look at the keys, but when standing, she had to, so she hit the wrong key.
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Wow, close to 20% look, I am surprised, I'm actually quite baffled, I mean, it would probably take you a few days to learn, yet you spend your lives looking down, baffling, just baffling.
Eh, there's looking and looking. I hardly stare at my hands, but I voted "I look."

Also, I took a semester long typing class in high school, and was still a shitty typist until worked for several years at a keyboard. My typing improved quite a lot when I gave up trying to "touch type" and accepted that I was a 4-finger typist. (with an occasional assist from a pinky for the shift key or something.) But that was after working at a keyboard for a few years. In college I was still trying to touch type, and doing it really really badly.
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Some of us are above that pay grade. I've spent most of my professional career working to remove data entry from the list of things I had to do.
"Can I get this information in a text or Excel file?"
"Of course!" We just make the printout because no one has told us not to."
I could have made principal at my last job and wouldn't have been above that pay grade.

But pension actuaries process/check a lot of individual benefit calculations.

Either way, good on you, mate.
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I can "touch type" as they used to call it. But I'm much slower. I do look down a lot, but not exclusively. I use probably 7 or 8 fingers instead of all 10.
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I can "touch type" as they used to call it. But I'm much slower. I do look down a lot, but not exclusively. I use probably 7 or 8 fingers instead of all 10.
I only use one finger on my right hand for some really weird reason. I like to blame the fact that most of the more frequently used letters of the alphabet are on the left side of the keyboard so my right hand can get away with quite a bit of laziness.
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I use all nine of my fingers to type.
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I only use one finger on my right hand for some really weird reason. I like to blame the fact that most of the more frequently used letters of the alphabet are on the left side of the keyboard so my right hand can get away with quite a bit of laziness.
I've read that one of the side effects of online chat rooms (& high speed internet in general) is that lots of people who were kids in the 90s & 00s learned to type one handed.
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Maybe a better statement is that I enjoyed having experienced it both ways?
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I use all nine of my fingers to type.
I had a college friend who lost a finger. He said typing class was interesting, because when the teacher was instructing them on which fingers you should use for the various keys, he kept having to ask what you do if you don't have the finger in question.
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