In the modern workplace, being able to type quickly and accurately can save your skin and your job in a lot of places. Whether you need to get a report done by the end of the day or race through your emails – the slow typer is on track to be outmoded in the next few years.
However, a new study from University of Waterloo suggests that slow and steady actually does win the race. In fact, the quality of your writing and overall work will improve if you take the time to slow down.
As researched by Science20.com, the study asked participants to type essays with both hands and then again with one hand. Using text-analysis programming, the study showed that sophistication of vocabulary and sentence structure was significantly better with the one hand typers.
“Typing can be too fluent or too fast, and can actually impair the writing process,” said Srdan Medimorec, a PhD candidate “It seems that what we write is a product of the interactions between our thoughts and the tools we use to express them.”
This is not to say that we should all convert to one handed typing from now on but rather make an effort to cut down the ferocity of our keyboard skills.
You might not get as much work done over the course of the day but your mistakes will become non-existent the more you practice. Eventually, you’ll be back at your original speed but with a mastery of the keyboard, all it takes is a little patience.