There’s a Reason for Those Bumps on Your Keyboard’s J and F Keys


Our devices are only a few months away from becoming obsolete by another new batch of bright devices with new features that leave them behind. Honestly, it can be frustrating. And even once you have seen yourself in the situation in which you do not know if you buy what you wanted so much, or wait a few weeks because you know that a new model will come out soon.

Although computers are evolving faster than ever, there is still one aspect of all this technology that has remained virtually unchanged for decades – the keyboard. Yes, there have been many improvements here and there, adding functions, improving the design to make it more ergonomic and comfortable, but these are the things that remain superficial. It might be hard to believe, but modern keyboards have practically the same design they had in 1873.

We are very familiar with keyboards, and many of us have grown up with them since day one.

And in all this time, you have surely noticed two things on the keyboard:

First, the order of the keys is not alphabetically. And secondly, there are two keys, the F and the J, which have small bumps. And why?

To answer the first question, we have to go back to 1873. At that time, the company Sholes and Gidden sold the design of a new keyboard to Remington, which launched it with its Remington 1 typewriter.

Some people think that QWERTY was invented to slow people down so that they had to search for each letter before writing it

In fact, the introduction of QWERTY helped people to type faster because they faced fewer problems when using the keyboard. The improvements of the Remington 2 keyboard, served to make this new design even more popular. A few years later, the introduction of “touch typing” made the writing speed even greater.

With this type of typing, people trained to rely on muscle memory instead of sight.

The fingers of each hand are supposed to rest as in the image below.

After a while training the hands to move in this way, muscle memory takes care of everything, and users can type without looking at the keyboard, getting speeds of 60 words per minute (WPM) or more.

And this is where those bumps of the F and J keys come into action.

They are a tactile indicator of your index fingers to know if your hands are in the correct position of the keyboard.

After each word, the hands should return to the central position shown above (just as a tennis player returns to the center after a while), using the bulks as a guide.

The QWERTY keyboard is one of the many designs that exist and may not be the most efficient or the easiest to learn to use.

The DVORAK keyboard was invented in 1936 by Dr. August Dvorak and his brother Dr. Willieam Dealey. They spent years investigating hand movement and physiology, and claim that the DVORAK keyboard requires less movement and greatly reduces errors once it is learned to use correctly.

Unfortunately for Doctor Dvorak, when his design came to market, the QWERTY keyboard was already too established as the common keyboard. People were no longer willing to learn a new system when the previous one worked correctly for them.

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