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Sucking at Touching

One thing I can’t stand about modern computing is the abundance of touch interfaces. Recently I wrote about their damage to the web, but my scars are more profound.

I am unable to type comfortably on an on-screen keyboard. I can barely do it on a real one. But on-screen keyboards come with extra problems. First of all the lack of any physical key geometry and real haptic feedback on the key forces me to look at the screen. I can’t check what I type as I look where to put m finger. And still, I miss a lot. I have no idea how people are able to hit the keys they want with acceptable accuracy as I am unable to.

There is swipe, but I tried it and left cursing. The Polish language has too many nuances for it to determine the one word I want, like two letters - “e” and “ę,” which, used incorrectly, make me look like a moron. However, this also applies to any autocorrect. Since I type something barely resembling the word I want, its guesses are wrong at best and insulting on a regular basis. As a result, I often send the same word four times, each with a new set of typos.

I am seriously considering getting a keyboard case. But there are none! Back in the iPhone 6 days, companies made those, but it seems everyone has given up by now.

What I’ve got from the touch screen on iPhone 13 Mini is a pain in my right pinky and distaste for the entire device.

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