I am usually not the kind to make a chit chat thread, but this is somewhat relevant to programming so I thought it wasn’t too out of place.
It has recently come to my attention that there are people who primarily use the left shift key on their keyboards when typing, and I was appalled to hear this. I refuse to believe that such people make up a significant portion of the population, so I thought I might ask here. Left shift or right shift?
Right Shift Key
Left Shift Key
I should clarify this is specifically for typing, not for playing games.
If I’m on a standard desktop keyboard, I’ll use both shifts. If I’m on a chromebook without a caps lock key (grumble goml), and I’M TYPING FOR EMPHASIS, then I’ll favor the right shift since the left hand types 56% of the letters.
You will notice that the right hand is folded sideways slightly more than the left, and it also comes in at a sharper angle. My advanced studies have indicated that this is in order to reach the delete button with greater ease, and quickly switch to usage of the mouse just by pivoting the arm.
Plus, as a right hand dominant, I can pivot the wrist to hit enter easier as that side has more dexterity, while if I had to pivot my left it would spend time tapping around to find the correct key, like Velma finding her glasses.
I have been in a mastery class on this topic for about 21 years now, I am grateful I can finally share my findings.
I learned to type on one of these in 10th grade typing class:
When you take typing class, you learn to use the opposite hand shift key from the finger you’re typing the letter with (this assumes you’re using “standard” touch typing skills, with one index finger on the “F” and one index finger on the “J”. 40 year later, and I still type the same way.
I think the primary reason for always using the opposite shift key with typewriters involved the force required to press keys (especially on a mechanical typewriter).
When I am using a standard keyboard, I am always using the left shift, although that led to a sore hand when doing coding (LOTS of shifted characters). At work, I now use an Ergodox keyboard (I never claimed to be normal…)