I’ve been typing up papers for years. For some reason, I randomly recalled my earliest typing lesson, probably 6th or 7th grade, in middle school. In it, my teacher had programs that taught you “correct” typing.
Here’s an example of what I mean, with “home rows” and the like:
Does anybody type like this? I don’t do the hunt and peck method with fingers like my dad does. Instead I just have natural facility with the keyboard. My hands don’t rest anywhere–I can type with my eyes closed. I am reasonably certain that most people who type on computers all day type fast and effortlessly as well.
My question is whether this method of typing, in which your fingers rest on the home row and the closest finger goes to the desired key, is obsolete? It seems very awkward when I try it now. Who invented it and why? Was it useful at some point when keyboards were just being invented? Because it sure looks stupid now. This home row stuff just never made sense–only as an exercise, maybe, to familiarize yourself. But still, the hands don’t tend naturally to this position.
Enlighten me, please!