Would you rather type a text message with eyes closed or with faded keypads?

Australia
March 7, 2009 12:31am CST
I can type a text without looking. In fact a lot of people can. But I find it more difficult when the characters on the keypad are already faded. Some cellphone keypads end up like that. Everything is just erased that not a single dot is left.
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
Well, I can actually do that if I am accustomed to the layout of the keypad but, for some models, I might have difficulty because there are some changes with the layout. Of course, I could compose messages without looking at my mobile phone and I even use the dictionary feature which makes it more easier to compose messages. For those that have already erased characters in their keypad, one would say that they have really used their phones or they are pretty old already. At any rate, as long as they serve their purpose, I guess that's okay. Good thing there are keypads that don't easily get erased now.. but, for those who still do, they could just go at a kiosks at malls where cellphone accessories are sold. (^_^ )
• Australia
7 Mar 09
Oh yes, I am very much familiar with my phone already. I am familiar with my Dad's but I found it more difficult to type with faded keypads. He barely texts. He calls. The faded keys were probably due to constantly putting the phone inside his pocket, and the body heat causes moisture to accumulate and thus causing the phenomenon. LOL
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
Yeah, aside from excessive pummelling from the thumb due to text messages, your explanation makes sense as well. (^_^ ) Would he be able to avail replacement keypads for his mobile phone by any chance?
• Australia
7 Mar 09
Yes we can but you were right about it being an old model that's why we keep passing the buck as to who would be brave enough to go to the mall to buy a replacement keypad.LOL It's his phone. I just know that one day, he'll be fed up with the inconvenience and gather his guts to go to the mall.
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@mysdianait (63936)
• Italy
7 Mar 09
A few years ago I used to text much more often than now and I was getting pretty good at doing it without looking. Now that's not the case. I would rather text with faded keys than with my eyes closed because I don't always remember where all the letters are. Things get worse as the years go by you know and memory fades Eyesight doesn't improve either!
• Australia
7 Mar 09
I should have added: "could you text with faded memory or faded eyesight?" Naaaah....! :-) Actually at my age, 24, I am near-sighted. If a person sees me meters away and waves at me, it's like I'm a big-time snob!
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@mysdianait (63936)
• Italy
7 Mar 09
I was like that too.. before. Now unless things are right under my nose they don't exist other than blurs on the horizon So then I use my glasses
• Australia
8 Mar 09
Good you mentioned about glasses. I'm trying to decide whether I'd go for glasses or contact lenses. I'm a bit apprehensive about contacts since I tend to be irresponsible about a lot of things.
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@bubbletush (1334)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
i used to have a cellphone with a really worn out keypad and i could manage to text because i do not really look at the keypad while typing. before answering this i tried texting with my eyes closed and it's so difficult :)
• Australia
9 Mar 09
haha, you really tried, huh?
@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
What's a tush?
• Australia
10 Mar 09
TUSH Pronunciation: \'t?sh\ noun Etymology: Middle English tusch, from Old English tusc; akin to OldFrisian tusk tooth, Old English toth tooth (before 12th century) : a long pointed tooth ; especially : a horse's canine a bubble with a tush! isn't that kind of scary?
@modstar (9617)
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
I can do both but it would be more convenient if my phone has faded keys than me not looking at the characters i'm keying. Typing with eyes closed is just as good as typing with faded keys because it the marks would just be useless. I can type without looking but i just want to be sure that i sent the correct message especially to a girlfriend. Lol!
• Australia
8 Mar 09
I think my memory center is more coordinated with my fingers than it is to my eyes. Sometimes, I can play a tune on the piano without looking at the keyboard but when I look down, the white and black keys just begin to confuse me. And yes, I had to be careful not missend text messages especially to my boyfriend. haha
• Singapore
8 Mar 09
Yea, I don't mind having it for the "comfort".
• Australia
8 Mar 09
Meaning? (sorry I'm so dumb....)
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
7 Mar 09
I have no problem with faded keypads considering that I am very much familiar with my cellphone already. I type without looking at it. I can even type while I am driving my vehicle. I know its dangerous but sometimes there is always the urge to type. Well, perhaps even if the text are faded on the keypad, I think I can still do it although the letters on my keypads are still very much clear.
• Australia
8 Mar 09
Yes, you must be familiar with the keys on your phone to be able to do such.
• Australia
8 Mar 09
By the way, drive safely! We still need you for our next training! :-D
@aisaellis22 (6449)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Hello aiza! I am not a faster typer and it's still hard for me to type without looking at the keypads. I prefer typing with faded keypads than closing my eyes because even if the letters are faded, I can still remember where the letters located.
• Australia
1 Apr 09
Yes, some people are mostly good with it rather than eyes closed. But I can with eyes closed but of course I will have to check before sending if there were any errors.
@neha2k94u (408)
• India
24 Mar 09
I have developed a habit of typing on mobile that now with my faded keypad even I can do that very efficiently... And all this is coz in last one year I used my mobile for chatting a lot... U too go on soon you will be easy with it... Happy mylotting
• Australia
1 Apr 09
Oh, so you are used to the faded keypads! :-) Thanks for posting!
@oxtihama (93)
• Philippines
19 Mar 09
texting without looking on a keypad is not that challenging. I too can do that, specially when i am crossing on a street i always used my memory, because every key on a phone are already memorized... so i would say, other people could also do that.. that's just an easy thong to do...
• Australia
24 Mar 09
Whoa!!! That's so easy for you? As in, "chicken"? Haha...yeah, you should really be in Guiness for that. SMILE!
@dik_an (475)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 09
Yep mee too Theresaaiza! Hoho, may be it'is because I use my phone tho chatting and login to my yahoomail account. Luckily my phone pads is good, hoho, its not even faded and so on :D.
• Australia
19 Mar 09
Yah, that's very fortunate! :-D
@dvrtmcc (176)
• Eritrea
10 Mar 09
I can type message with my eyes closed and maybe I would have 5 or 6 mistakes.
• Australia
19 Mar 09
Just 5 or 6??! Then you're on the expert level already!:-D
@jd107nette (1458)
• Philippines
10 Mar 09
hahaha.. I used to be like that... well, it comes with practice.. I played a typing game from reflexive arcade before which helped me to type even without looking at the keyboard, while proudly competing with my siblings of our scores... what inspired me to practice before was when I saw my brother chatting with someone and typing while the lights are off... I found it really cool so I trained and hehe.. i just can't remember how long it took me.. but it helped a lot... ^_^
• Australia
14 Mar 09
That's my frustration. I can't type without looking at the keyboard! LOL
@mizstress (719)
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
i can do both! hehehe this is how im attached to my phone.. for other phone model i have to familiarize myself with its keypad before attempting to do the eyes closed texting.. hehehe
• Australia
10 Mar 09
I do a lot of blind texting when I am so sleepy already and some annoying textmate keeps on replying no matter how many zzzzzz's and yawns you've written there just so he'll get the clue. Sometimes the annoying textmate is my BF. LOL
@bombshell (11268)
• Germany
8 Mar 09
huh?how can we type txt message with eyes closed?but maybe if you memorize the keyboard maybe no need to see the letters while typing
• Australia
9 Mar 09
I don't know how other people would do it but me, first, I set my phone to "write messages", close my eyes, or look at something else and I type. :-D It's that easy! Hehe. Seriously, it takes familiarity for you to be able to do that. You have to be familiar with the keys.
@liaamur (420)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
texting with eyes closed is easier for me. wierd, indeed, that it is more difficult if the keypad in faded out, even if you know where the characters are supposed to be
• Australia
9 Mar 09
Me toooo! :-D Finally! Someone who shares the same experience! Every single being who responded here seems to have different capabilities regarding texting and again I felt like I was alone. Nice shoes! reminded me of Lisa in wicker park!
@linsea (9)
• China
8 Mar 09
My cellphone has been used for several years, as well as my computer keyboard. As you know, it is natural to be faded, even without any dot on the buttons. But I feel it is ok. Nothing affects my speed to type and text. Actually, I think it is because I have a virtual keyboard in my mind already. Consequently, my mind controls exactly where my fingures should put on. Pretty cool.
• Australia
9 Mar 09
Sometimes it's the hands that just know how to do its own thing.
@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
8 Mar 09
i'd text with faded keypads although i can do it with eyes closed. if worse comes to worst, and you did a typo, you can always say the keypad was worn out instead of saying i wasn't looking.
• Australia
8 Mar 09
when i commit a typo and the one i'm texting with is kind of boring, I'd tell him the truth. That my eyes are closed when I'm sleepy while texting. Rude rght?
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
8 Mar 09
Neither. I'd feel lost. I would like to have a clear keypad and look at what I'm messaging.
• Australia
8 Mar 09
Sorry, neither is not accepted. Kidding!
• Singapore
8 Mar 09
Hi Theresaaiza, What's the difference lol. I can text a message on my phone with my eyes closed so it is not a big problem for me. But of course, I do need a first look to get my initial bearings. Cheers!
• Australia
8 Mar 09
I can tell the difference. I am faster in typing without looking than looking at faded keypads. Same phenomenon that happens when I am playing the piano. I'd rather look using peripheral vision than looking at the keyboard directly. The keys just seem to get mixed up. That applied for the tunes that I can play by memory though.
• India
7 Mar 09
Lolz...i can easily... I used to sms my friends when i am in college while taking lectures.....hehehehe... Those professors....Uhmm..who cares...Looking at them and typing below the tables :P
• Australia
8 Mar 09
But I could never use a cellphone to cheat during exams. You know why? Coz it's so quiet, you could hear a pin-drop. How much more the "tokitikititok" of the cellphone keypads? :-D
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Hey Theresaaiza! I had a phone like that! You couldn't see any of the numbers at all! But, that was on my home phone! I don't text! If I did I'm sure I would use my phone to the point where it would fade fast! But, I just don't understand why people text! It is so much faster to make the phone call! I spend enough time typing on the computer! I just don't want to type on the phone too!
• Australia
7 Mar 09
HI opal, the communication scenario here in the Philippines is mostly on texting. It's because the call rates are high, and the people don't have much money to afford it. But it's mostly the former. The setting's really different here. There's no doubt about calling being easier. The issue is on the cost.