Or is it "swype"? Seems to depend on the kind of smart phone you have. Either way, it is all the rage right now, and for good reason.
The typing keyboard which first gained any popularity was the QWERTY keyboard, designed over 130 years ago for the efficiency of the typewriting machine to minimize jamming. The name was derived from the first six letters on the top row, which still have the same order on today's keyboards.
In 1936 the Dvorak keyboard was released designed with letter frequency in mind and was said to increase typing speed from 12 to 20%. Vowels were all grouped together on the center row expecting to make the keyboard more user friendly. Great in theory, but it took too much time and effort to convert from the QWERTY style, so it never really caught on.
Recently, however, texting seems to have replaced typing and no wonder. Think about it, the keyboard is no longer used as it once was. Matter of fact, typing classes aren't always an education prerequisite these days. Thus, texting has emerged as a preferred method of communication over email. Why? Could it be because kids today don't know how to type?
No matter the reason why. It just is. And those of us that feel more comfort with a touch keypad over the 3D keypad better listen up! The one finger swipe technology allows texting speed to be "way faster" on average. (That's how kids talk these days, isn't it??) This technology literally allows you to "swipe" one finger across the keyboard of your phone from one letter to the next without lifting it off the keyboard, thus giving the increased speed.
If your smart phone doesn't have this new technology, an application can most likely be downloaded. It's AMAZING!
WARNING: Do not text OR swipe while driving!
For more information on swipe texting, contact a teenager!! (Special thanks to my teenage granddaughter who enlightened me this past weekend!)
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Ruth Vogt, Sales Manager
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