Technology and computing is always changing and advancing rapidly. It can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest developments in the world of tech and yet one thing seems to remain the same. Computer keyboards are pretty much the same, year after year, save for a few cosmetic additions here and there such as backlit and ergonomic ones. Their overall design is a basic standard by now and keys have to be placed in the same set areas because of how people type.
It follows that most people know their keyboards like the back of their hand. On average, people spend hours a day in front of a computer. They are tied in with our lives and we use them for just about everything, from work and shopping to keeping in touch friends and family. However, despite all of the time you spend using them, there is something about a keyboard that you may or may not have noticed before.
Look down at your keyboard and focus on the F and J keys. Do you see a little raised line or bump on them? Chances are, your computer has them because almost all modern computer makes and models come with this feature. Out of all the other keys on the board, the F and J are the only two that sport these bumps. Why are they there? To help us position our fingers correctly without having to glance down and look at the keyboard. This helps improve touch typing speeds and makes the keyboard easier to use for some people. The F and J keys were chosen for the location of the bumps because when most people place their hands on the keyboard their index fingers naturally come to rest near or directly on those keys. While the simple feature may or may not come in handy for you, now you know why it’s even there in the first place. From a Capitalist perspective they are there to increase production and productivity! Who knew?!
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