Technology and computing is always changing and advancing rapidly. It’s especially hard to keep up with the latest and greatest developments in the world of tech, however, one thing seems to remain the same. Computer keyboards are pretty much the same, year after year. Their overall design is a basic standard and keys have to be placed in the same set areas because of how people type.
On average, people spend hours a day in front of a computer. They are tied in with our lives and we use them for just about everything, from work and shopping to keeping in touch friends and family. However, despite all of the time you spend using them, there is something about a keyboard that you may or may not have noticed before.
Look down at your keyboard and focus on the F and J keys. Do you see a little raised line or bump on them? Out of all the other keys on the board, the F and J are the only two that sport these bumps. Why are they there? To help us position our fingers correctly without having to glance down and look at the keyboard. This helps improve touch typing speeds and makes the keyboard easier to use for some people. The F and J keys were chosen for the location of the bumps because when most people place their hands on the keyboard their index fingers naturally come to rest near or directly on those keys. While the simple feature may or may not come in handy for you, now you know why it’s even there in the first place. From a Capitalist perspective they are there to increase production and productivity! Who knew?!
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