I am a one-finger typist with a typing speed that could not keep pace with a snail. I also don’t send, or read, or respond to text messages — it is all double-Dutch to me. So it was particularly worrying when I read in the press about the new discovery in Alaska.
It was announced at the recent Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Conference, so you may have missed it, if you didn’t go this year. Dissappoingly, it was not about a new gold strike in the Yukon, so hold back the huskies and put away your mine detector.
A research paper was presented that was exciting news but, troubling for one~finger typists everywhere. A team from Apple and American health care companies studied the way people use their mobile phones. They found a correlation between slower typing rates and cognative decline. Also people send fewer text messages as their memory becomes impaired. Monitoring these changes would enable Apple to predict early signs of dementia.
I have already enrolled on a touch typing course and I am going to send a text message to Apple every day to let them know I am OK.