Kids in Philly are part of a crazy new fad: learning typewriting?

A typewriter shop in Philadelphia is holding classes for kids -- and they're showing up!

Manual typewriting has been enjoying something of a comeback in the past decade or so, but I wouldn't have expected kids to be into it. As one girl in the video explains, she likes how typewriting forces you to focus on what you're writing because you won't be able to easily fix your mistakes. The pendulum swings, I guess. One of the things that was so freeing about digital word processing was the ease with which you could get your ideas down and how easily you could edit them.

But this girl has a point. Maybe it's time for us to slow down and choose our words more carefully. As the shopkeeper points out, manual typewriting has something of a calming effect -- and no text alerts!

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OverType, a typewriter simulator on the web

OverType simulates, to an undesirable degree of accuracy, the experience of using a mechanical typewriter. You can have three fonts, one of which is IBM's classic Courier, set the degree to which you want your typewriter to be broken, and the state of your ribbon ink. You cannot delete—but there is correction paper! Read the rest

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Little girl can type 119wpm

This little girl can type 119 wpm. It's not just a skill, it's a hobby. She started playing on the computer at age 4 and spends her weekends typing. Her goal right now? "I'd like to get to at least 200(wpm)."

While this may sound strange, I can understand the allure of the type test — when I was in middle school, I used to procrastinate from studying by taking type tests on my super old Apple machine. It's really not that different from any other addictive game — most of us now associate it with work, but back then I was constantly trying to beat myself in speed and accuracy. By the way, if you're curious to know how fast you're typing, you can take a one-minute typing test here.

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