It’s not just about Accuracy & Speed. Benefits go way beyond the keys!

Click below to explore specific benefits of touch typing – or scroll down to view them all

Health & Wellbeing

Learning to touch type can improve wellbeing & limit the likelihood of sickness or injury, by:

  • reducing anxieties & frustrations (caused by errors & wasted time)
  • reducing physical discomfort or the risk of injury (a relaxed, upright & ‘eyes-front’ posture means less stress on the eyes, back, neck, and wrists)
What 'cost' to individuals & organisations?

Non-touch-typists have more chance of suffering RSI (repetitive strain injury)

In the UK alone

  • RSI is estimated to be a £10 billion annual cost to the economy.
  • In one recent year 500,000 workers with RSI took sick leave (5.4 million working days lost)
  • Around 6 workers leave their job daily due to an insurmountable repetitive strain injury.

Frequent breaks from the screen are not enough!

Healthy working behaviours are of course essential.

But if your typing is tense & cumbersome, then taking regular breaks & doing stretches simply alleviates the symptoms.

Touch typing addresses the cause of much of the tension and discomfort.

It takes more than ‘ergonomic’ equipment alone!

Workstation assessments usually advise having screens at eye height – but rarely suggest that touch typing is a logical ‘companion’ to this.

Non-touch-typists end up with an even worse ‘nodding dog’ neck problem since raising the screen increases the gap between it (at the right height) and the keys, which they still have to keep looking down at!

Mental Focus / Work Quality

Touch-typists type ‘without thinking’! Or rather… the typing just ‘happens’ while they focus on:

content & purpose: what & why they’re typing, and
message & recipient: how well they’re communicating

Non-touch-typists often struggle; their thoughts are often interrupted by having to keep focusing on:

the physical process: how they’re typing

The costs of distraction - the benefits of focus: read more...

It uses precious mental energy & cognitive control (and is thus very distracting) to consciously, or even semi-consciously, have to:

  • monitor one’s fingers,
  • locate keys visually,
  • direct finger movement (often across the whole keyboard), and
  • check the screen frequently to confirm one’s typing is accurate …and not IN CAPITALS!

Duplication of Effort

Non-touch-typists often have to use precious time (staying late, taking work home?) to ‘type up’ notes they’ve previously written long hand because they couldn’t type them straight into the computer.

Errors ‘Creeping In’

Such transcribing takes extra time, but also divides attention and can lead to errors (not just spelling errors which can sometimes be trapped by software, but numerical or factual errors which, in a legal or medical context could be serious – even life-threatening)

Poor Impressions

Even if serious errors are spotted, minor ones are often ‘let through’, especially if the whole process has taken too long & there’s pressure to respond to clients, managers, or suppliers quickly. This can contribute to a shoddy, unprofessional image.

Quantifying the benefit of improved mental focus is hard, but grasping the implications is easy...

An Analogy: Driving

How much better is someone’s driving if they can watch the road ahead, identify potential hazards, plan alternative routes around road works, and even think about the meeting they’re driving to…

…rather than having to keep glancing down and considering how to turn the wheel, move the gear stick or which pedals to press!


Making mistakes is frustrating, and can damage your business image.

And fixing errors takes TIME (…and they say time is money!)

The higher accuracy that touch typing delivers can reduce stress and improve professionalism (fewer silly typos getting through!)

But it also means LESS TIME CORRECTING (backspacing on-the-fly, or proof-reading & correcting later)

So even before you think about typing faster, becoming a touch typist can save you time by helping you not make so many mistakes in the first place!

Accuracy saves MORE time than you might think! Read on...

Accuracy is easily measured – but often misunderstood.

A non-touch-typist who types at around 70%-80% accuracy might consider that ‘reasonably good’.
But it’s NOT, really…! Because

At “70% accuracy” – actually about 57% of your time is being wasted!
At “80% accuracy” – it’s still around 43% of your time that’s wasted!

Fancy an explanation?

It’s all about the difference between Accuracy and Efficiency.

ACCURACY measures how much
of the TEXT you want to type
you get “Right First Time”

But you don’t (usually) leave your mistakes uncorrected, do you?

So you must add in the extra time it takes to correct your wrong keystrokes. And it takes at least 3 times as long to make-a-mistake-and-then-fix-it as it would have taken to get it right first time (and that’s an optimistic calculation – see full explanation below)

EFFICIENCY acknowledges this,
and it measures how much
of the total TIME you spend typing/correcting
is spent being “Right First Time”

Non-touch-typists typically manage between 50% & 80% Accuracy

Touch typists can commonly achieve 95-100% Accuracy

The table below shows how much more Efficient becoming more Accurate could make you…

Your AccuracyYour Efficiency

NOTE: the efficiency calculations above are optimistic. They’re based on the assumption that every error is spotted and dealt with by immediately backspacing & retyping (correctly). This ignores the fact that:

  • some of your mistakes might only be noticed after you’ve continued typing several more characters. So you’ll either hit more backspaces and retype several keystrokes – or grab the mouse and maybe use some Arrow keys & the Delete key – all of which will take much more time;


  • if you’re not 100% accurate, there’s a chance that some of your corrections might be wrong too – and require still further amendment!


As the other benefits described on this page show…  it’s not all about speed.

But speed is clearly one of the most desirable & measurable deliverables of touch typing.

Touch typing can save people astonishing amounts of time (at work and in personal life) almost every day for the rest of their lives.

Just think what the extra time could be used for…!

Faster typing: what are the potential savings...?

This is where the benefits get hard-nosed, practical and quantifiable!

Most non-touch-typists plateau at a maximum speed of around 33-35 wpm

Touch typists very often reach average speeds of 40, 50 or 60 wpm (some even get to 70, 80 or beyond!)

Check the tables below – see what sort of savings you and your team could make.

Typing just 1 hour a day

SAVE when you increase...from 20 wpm...from 30 wpm...from 40 wpm... 30wpm11 days/yr-- 40wpm17 days/yr9 days/yr- 50wpm21 days/yr14 days/yr7 days/yr 60wpm23 days/yr17 days/yr11 days/yr

Typing 3 hours a day

SAVE when you increasefrom 20 wpm...from 30 wpm...from 40 wpm... 30wpm34 days/yr-- 40wpm51 days/yr26 days/yr- 50wpm62 days/yr41 days/yr21 days/yr 60wpm69 days/yr51 days/yr34 days/yr

Typing 5 hours a day

SAVE when you increase...from 20 wpm...from 30 wpm...from 40 wpm... 30wpm57 days/yr-- 40wpm86 days/yr43 days/yr- 50wpm103 days/yr69 days/yr34 days/yr 60wpm114 days/yr86 days/yr57 days/yr


One of the hardest to measure (but most insidious) downsides of poor typing is the way it reinforces many people’s general lack of confidence with computers!

Being able to touch type can subtly – but significantly – improve people’s sense of calmness, competence & control when using computers.

The potential negatives of typing frustration...

The hesitancy, laboriousness, wincing & frustration that often accompany poor typing can exacerbate the frustration many already feel when using computers (struggling to understand & operate software; coping with technical issues like network problems).

That’s why poor typing skills can contribute significantly to workplace stress.

Such stress often leads to strained or snappy reactions to colleagues or clients, poor attention to the job, and low emotional resilience.

In addition, many non-touch-typists speak of unhelpful emotions like embarrassment, shame or envy of others when it comes to their typing.

Learning to touch type can help people feel they’re ‘gaining the upper hand’ a little over the technology!

When you can at least type information into your computer quickly, accurately and efficiently, then it can help you sit up straight psychologically (as well as physically) and feel more in control.

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