Do your fingers also have a mind of its own?

@arkaf61 (10881)
Canada
July 14, 2009 2:15pm CST
Mine certainly do. Often I am typing and when I look it's not exactly what I meant to write. Some words more than others for some reason. And things that have nothing to do with each other, no connection. For example I often find myself typing sometimes instead of some things. Than for then. Live for leave or life. It's not a matter of now knowing what is the right word for what I want to say, or having trouble with the spelling. It's just that my fingers seem to take over and change things. Does this happen to anyone else here? I'm not exactly talking typos. I know I do plenty of those too. But that's not what this is. Actually I don't even know what it is and I'm curious to know if I'm the only one:)
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
15 Jul 09
There are some words that I use (or did at some previous time use) a lot, and when I start to type a different word that starts out the same, sometimes I end up with the more familiar one because I am in the habit of typing that word automatically and very fast. So then I have to go back and fix it. So there is a connect, but only in my mind. The other time is if someone is talking and they say an important word and I type that in place of the word that was supposed to come next in the sentence.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
You certainly make sense there. And I think I can find certain connections that I never thought about. Still that sometimes and some things still puzzles me LOL
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I used to type 90 WPM and have loved typing since I was jealous of my brother when he got to take typing in summer school and got to carry his own MANUAL typewritter! I was like 4th-5th grade at the time. After that every time I could find one... I'd start typing. Took it in high school in SOphomore year and kept after it after that. My speed has gone down. but my problem is that as I am typing... I know darn well that I have made a typo as I can feel my fingers didn't do the right strike. Sounds stupid, but it annoys me that I know I made the typo almost before I typed it! But I keep typing.. I still love it!
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
I know the feeling:) I know immediately that I messed up, but by the time I really acknowledge it, it's already typed LOL 90 wpm is pretty fast. Good stuff:)
@Tiamjr (435)
14 Jul 09
Yes I know what you mean. I think it is our brains working faster than our fingers can type. When you read it back you find you have written something that makes no sense, or sounds silly.. I do this quite a bit, so I always try to re-draft my writing after I have written down my basic ideas. At least I know what I meant to write, so I can correct it later.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
14 Jul 09
I really am feeling much better knowing that I am not the only one :) I know I should re-read what I write before posting, but again my fingers go faster and after the last words they usually go straight to post comment LOL
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@Tiamjr (435)
14 Jul 09
And now I know I am not alone in this weird habit. Maybe we need some leashes for our fingers
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
LOL yeah, leashes might help :):):)
@GardenGerty (116490)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I will half way fall asleep and you should see the funny sentences I write then. I get whole stories that I did not realize I knew. I also do the than for then substitution. I would be surprised if you were the only one doing this.
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
I have been known to write complete stories that actually make sense in a strange way, when I'm at that stage between asleep and awake LOL SOmetimes I don't want to give up and concede that I am too tired to write. So you also do the than for then thing... It's good to know that it also happens with other people:):)
@jacksbg7 (59)
• United States
14 Jul 09
I do this a lot too. I don't know why either, maybe that's just what my brain wants me to say haha.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
14 Jul 09
Lol maybe it is, but I can't imagine why my brain would want me to say sometimes instead of some things hehehehehe thanks for responding, now I know I am not alone :):):)
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
15 Jul 09
Lol Twin, yes it does to me, what makes me angry is when my Fingers run across the Keys and at some point must have caught the Caps Lock and about half the Page is in Caps Lock, which means I have to delete and start again, grrrrr, that really gets me going, lol, I am trying to train myself to look at the Screen now and again while typing but keep forgetting lol
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
And have you noticed how I keep capitalizing the first two letters of a word instead of only one? I always end up hitting the caps lock or keep my finger on the shift key for a bit longer than what I should... Hate when that happens LOL
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
15 Jul 09
Hmmmm I thought that was you just decorating your writing lololol I know it is awful when things like that happen
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
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@check23 (448)
• Philippines
15 Jul 09
Yes sometimes when i'm tired.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
I['m happy to read all the answers and realize I am not the only one :) I am worse when I'm tired as well :)
@makman (53)
• Turkey
15 Jul 09
Interesting discussion.. It reminded me a song by "Cake" What do your fingers do while you are sleeping? could be a further discussion... :) I think everything is related with the nervous systrm , the connection from the brain to fingers, nevertheless it is the things the fingers do are the ones not based on their minds, but the things they are used to do...
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
LOL judging by what they do when I'm awake, I better watch out hehehehe
@pppash (10)
• China
15 Jul 09
This never happened to me cause i always stop while i writing something,to recall the words.My spelling is too bad!!LOl~~
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
Which in a way is good, because then you won't make this kind of mistake :) I sometimes try to stop and read before posting, but usually I just forget.
@voldrox (7200)
• India
15 Jul 09
hi, lol... this happens to me too... sometimes i write somethings that i don't mean to actually write, it often happens that i am thinking about something else not relating to mylot and i unknowingly type that down in responses and sometimes i post it too...... luckily i haven't had situations where the misplaced words have made a very awkward meaning... i think these mistakes happen just because sometimes we a subconscious and do not pay attention to the feedback on the monitor and hence....
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
Yes the subconscious minds can be very interfering LOL
• United States
15 Jul 09
This made me chuckle I know exactly what you mean. I have the same problem. I have the habbit of saying my fingers are thinking faster than my brain. LOL I am glad I am not the only one
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
Well, now that we now that there lots of us... we can have a club LOL
• Canada
15 Jul 09
I do stuff like that all the time. Certain words "feel" on the keyboard like other words, and while we may want to type one thing, something else often comes out. I do stuff like that all the time. the biggest problem is that these "differently intended words" are spelled correctly, though wrongly used, so spell-checks won't pick them up.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
15 Jul 09
Yes, you're right, they're never picked up in spell checks, because they are not misspelled, they're just not the right words :)