180 WPM is my average with a flat-key keyboard. I don't use homerow, because it slows me down greatly. That's why I failed keyboarding class. The style they use causes my hands to cramp up and to get extremely sore. It also lowers my WPM to 80. I REALLY don't like my keyboarding class.
Edit: before anyone asks, I no longer have a flat-key keyboard, so I type a lot slower. But still pretty fast.
I got an average of 80 wpm about a year ago. I don't rest my fingers how you are suppose to either. I have broke both my hands and it is uncomfortable for me to use my pinky and ring finger the way I should. I use my pinky for things like shift, ctrl, tab etc. Never for any letters. I rarely use my ring finger either.
That speed is typing everything 100% grammatically correct. If I cheated, no comma's, no capital I etc. Im sure I could do a higher speed.
The way I type is I split the keyboard in half "figuratively" between my left and right hand. Sometimes I will use the right hand on the left side or vice versa if it is quicker that moving the "correct" hand.
I honestly don't think it matters, type the way you please and the speed you feel comfortable.
I can type at about 95 wpm if I'm doing a speed challenge. My right hand is perfectly fine doing homerow but my left hand has the thumb on space and I base my left hand off of WASD. Too much gaming and not enough typing, I guess.
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EDIT: What's the 'homerow' system? I've never heard of it
The home row is pretty much the center line of your keyboard, mainly A, S, D, F, J, K, L and semicolon on a QWERTY keyboard. The system was developed by Christopher Sholes to separate the most commonly used letters to avoid two keys being pressed in too rapid succession which would cause early typewriters to jam.
Why would typing on a keyboard be a talent? You're pressing letters and watching them pop onto your screen.
Why would moving your feets be considered a talent? You are bascially just moving your feets to achieve a greater speed.
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Meh, I use the home row and quite like it. It's quick and it's comfortable. As an added bonus, those two little bumps on the f and j keys are there so you can find the home row. Thanks to those, I never have to look at the keyboard ever. I merely have to do a bit of groping until I find those bumps.
I also find that having my hands on the home row allows me to hit the number buttons without having to stare at the keyboard. I believe this to be a far rarer talent than being able to type in a non-standard fashion.
Back when I was a kid in elementary school, we had to take a "computer" class. They were all macs with fused monitors and towers, and were slow.
Anyway, through first grade we would go in EVERY day and log in, and log out for 45 minutes. I had been using computers for games since I was 3, so I already knew everything there. Starting in second grade, through fourth, we used this program called "Type 2 Learn" and it had you type various things. I, being experienced at using computers already, had a WPM of 75+ without the home row, and around 40 with the home row.
Heh, if the teachers found you not using the home row you would lose your recess for that day. IMHO the home row system is slower, unless you have monkey hands.
IMHO the home row system is slower, unless you have monkey hands.
Because it's not what you learned first and you don't want to change, so you never actually practice it. Same reason why very few people use a dvorak layout: it's superior in every way I can think of, but people are used to qwerty, as it's been ingrained in society since the first typewriters. People don't want to change because of the short-term effort required and the possibility of danger along the way, regardless of how much greener the grass is on the other side.