Last Updated on April 20, 2020
Like water forming floating “bridge” when exposed to high voltage, human neurons form connections, when exposed to challenging stimuli.
Take the simple act of typing. Do you still remember the days when you used a computer or a typewriter for the first time in your life? You were not able to remember where each letter is placed on the keyboard, you used to search for an “m” for long seconds, or even longer minutes.
Take the act of typing one step further. As you type on a daily basis, your brain learns the path to each symbol on the keyboard, allowing you to find everything you need at the first glance. your neurons just strenghtened the connections which were responsible for the activity of typing.
Moreover, children learn nowadays in school the so-called “blind method”, in which, each finger is assigned an area on the keyboard, leading to fast speed typing without looking at the keyboard. I did not study this method, I use maximum 4 fingers for typing, and I can say I’m pretty happy with my speed and accuracy, and I know where letters are without looking at the keyboard too often. Anyway, half of the inscriptions are already gone, due to the excellent quality of my 2 years old laptop (the former one is about 7 years old and it has all keys looking like new).
If you want to force your brain into learning to type without looking at your fingers, you could consider getting yourself a DAS keyboard:
The DAS keyboard has no inscription on its keys, the only helping clues being the scooped “f” and “j” keys, so you can easily position your index fingers. The producer claims that by using gold plated key switches, Das Keyboard will last up to 50 Million key strokes where as regular keyboards barely reach 10 to 15 Million strokes. Maybe this was a neccessary argument to help selling it, because it costs almost $80. If I think that in a couple of weeks I’ll turn my keyboard into a DAS-like one at no cost, I’m not sure I’d pay so much for it.
However, it is always interesting to see what crazy things can some creative people turn the keyboards into.
How about your keyboard: is it classic, or you switched to a more futuristic device?