WORLD TYPING DAY
Every year on January 8th, World Typing Day celebrates this written form of communication that ensures speed, accuracy, and efficiency. It’s also a day for typists to enter typing contests.
History of the Typewriter
Typewriting machines have been around since Christopher Latham Sholes patented one in 1868. Sholes was a printer and journalist from Wisconsin. Practically ever since its invention, the typewriter has contained the QWERTY keyboard layout. QWERTY means the order of the first six keys on the top left part of the keyboard.
Throughout the late 1800s, many famous authors used the typewriter to write their manuscripts. Some of these authors include Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Ian Fleming. It wasn’t just writers who used these handy little machines. Office personnel found the typewriter an indispensable tool for writing and communication. Through the years, typewriters became less cumbersome, lighter, and easier to use. Improvements to the typewriter helped increase a typist’s speed and accuracy.
In 1935, IBM developed the first successful electric typewriter. In 1964, IBM made more improvements on the typewriter by developing the first word processor. During the 1980s, computers began to replace typewriters. However, typing skills were, and continue to be, useful for writing and working on the computer.
Some people can type very fast. In fact, the fastest typist in the world typed 216 words per minute (wpm! The average typing speed is 41 wpm. Even though girls practice typing more, boys are actually faster typists. On average, boys type 44 wpm while girls type 37 wpm. Speed isn’t the only factor when it comes to typing, however. Accuracy also matters. The average typists makes 8 mistakes for every 100 words they type. This is an accuracy rating of 92%. Professional typists aim for an accuracy rating of 97%.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD TY[ING DAY
Many schools and businesses around the world host typing contests on this day. To participate:
- Take an online typing test to check your speed and accuracy.
- If you don’t know how to type, take a keyboarding class or teach yourself.
- If typing is not taught in your child’s school, teach them how to type.
- Thank someone whose typing skills have benefitted you in some way.
- Watch a movie that features typing, such as The Post or Darkest Hour.
Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldTypingDay
WORLD TYPING DAY HISTORY
World Typing Day began in Malaysia in 2011. The day commemorates the Malaysian Speed Typing Contest in 2011. During the contest, two typing records were broken in the Malaysian Book of Records (MBR). The day is co-organized by the Speed Typing Contest Team from Junior Chamber International (JCI) and Team Typo Auto Corrector.