You Type Almost as Fast on Your Mobile as on the Keyboard

Research shows that teenagers usually write at an average speed of 40 ppm while 50-year-olds write about 26 ppm.

More than 37,000 volunteers from 160 countries have participated in a speed test and writing accuracy on their mobile phones that has revealed that the speed of typing on the mobile is reaching physical keyboards and is almost the same.

Those who type with both thumbs on their mobile phones have an average ability to write 38 words per minute (ppm), being only 25 percent slower than the average in people typing on physical keyboards.

The technique of writing with two thumbs is that used by 74% of people from their mobile phones, while those who write with one finger do so at an average of 29 ppm, as a study carried out by the University of Altoo, the University of Cambridge and ETH Zürich.

The research contrasts these data with those of writing with physical keyboards, since although it is possible to reach up to one hundred words per minute, most people are able to type between 35 and 65 ppm with a keyboard.

In addition, research shows that adolescents generally write at an average speed of 40 ppm while 50-year-olds write approximately 26 ppm.

For their part, young people between 10 and 19 years write an average of ten words per minute faster than the generation of their parents, people 40 years old. The reason is because young people grow up with mobile phones and spend about six hours a day with these devices.

The research also concluded that the autocorrect helps increase speed while the word predictor slows down the writing. The study will be presented this Wednesday at the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Devices and Mobile Devices held in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Research shows that teenagers usually write at an average speed of 40 ppm while 50-year-olds write about 26 ppm.

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