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People Are Now Typing on their Smartphones As Fast As On Keyboards

A new study from the University of Cambridge has revealed that people can now type on their smartphones as fast as they can on the keyboard. I don’t know about this one, but what are your thoughts?

While a good typist can type around 100 words per minute (WPM) on a desktop keyboard, an average person (like most of us) can only type around 35-65 WPM. The research showed that people typing using only two thumbs can reach speeds that average up to 38 WPM.

“[That’s] only about 25% slower than the typing speeds we observed in a similar large-scale study of physical keyboards," Anna Feit, a researcher at ETH Zürich and co-author of the study said in a statement. Feit said the number of people who can achieve speeds of 100 WPM on a keyboard is decreasing.

You can take the same test that the researchers used here.

More details of the study over at Vice.

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They allowed usage of autocorrect and word prediction. I would want to know the true rate would be, no assistance from the device..
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I'm not young and so don't have the thumb dexterity of a younger person (I tend to use the index finger hunt-and-peck on the phone.) I can type infinitely faster on a keyboard for longer and with less fatigue. The 38 WPM on a phone isn't terribly impressive -- especially because it probably doesn't include proper capitalization or punctuation or even complete sentences -- I can probably do double that, or nearly so, on my computer.
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