Analog Week Just because ‘there’s an app for that’ doesn’t mean you have to use it. This week we’re going analog, reminding ourselves that we can live-and live _well_ -without smartphones, and seeing what’s worth preserving from the time before we were all plugged in 24/7.
I had my first official typing class in high school, long after I had learned to type. There weren’t enough computers for everyone, so some of us got shunted to a dusty room with honest-to-god typewriters. While other kids practiced “keyboarding” skills, we clacked away, putting two spaces after a period and learning the arcane procedures for setting our tab stops just right.
Further back, I remember drilling on fjfjfjfjfj with the sadly fictional Mavis Beacon. But these days, plenty of kids get zero typing instruction. My nine-year-old son, now in elementary school, has smoothly transitioned from hunt-and-peck typing to something a little more fluent, although he still has to look at his hands. He was never offered a typing class. When I asked his kindergarten teacher about typing drills for home, she couldn’t think of any. ( We have a few here, though.)
Is formal typing instruction going the way of the typewriter? It was only a few decades ago that women would refuse to learn to type (or pretend that they couldn’t) to avoid getting trapped in secretarial jobs. Now, maybe typing is so common that classes and drills are unnecessary-although I wonder if my kids will ever type as fast as me. (I scored 98 wpm on TypingTest.com just now.) Or perhaps testing your typing speed is, itself, an outdated relic.
So now I’m curious. How did you learn to type? Formally or informally? Do you think of yourself as a “good” typist, or has that concept lost its meaning?