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Vindication for Two-Finger Typists

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

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.

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