How can I overcome typing addiction?

By duszeks - updated: 3 years ago - 9 messages

Hi, we all know that typing is very addictive and relaxing. However, typing addiction is a big problem, as it can cause RSI when not overcomed. In fact, I have already have got some RSI. I have pain in my right hand and I need to limit my typing. Glad I noticed it just few months after I felt pain for first time.
By exodia275 - posted: 3 years, 3 months ago

Overcoming any addiction is achieved my taking small steps to reduce your habit until you are comfortable to keep it at a bare minimum or avoid it completely. In case of some activity like playing video games etc. you can start by reducing the time you put daily into it by 5-10 mins every day/every other day.
By duszeks - posted: 3 years, 3 months ago

Well, but I'm not addicted to gaming. I'm addicted to taking typing tests like I said. Luckily, I spend just 15 minutes taking them every day and I feel uncomfortable when I don't.
By weesin - posted: 3 years, 3 months ago

Then you're not addicted to typing tests
By duszeks - posted: 3 years, 3 months ago

Nice joke :D :D
By jhmorgan87 - posted: 3 years, 2 months ago

If you like typing that much, and you have RSI, I would recommend learning a more ergonomic keyboard layout like Colemak or Dvorak. Seems like a perfect fit for you.
By hunterz1200 - posted: 3 years, 1 month ago

Maybe you could embrace your hobby and get an Ergo dox or something similar. It'll help out with your RSI issues, and give you something to strive for - new speeds on an unfamiliar-ish layout. I think it's a great opportunity to put yourself first and at the same time get a new challenge to overcome.

That's just my two-sense, though. Oh, and keep in mind, the Ergo dox is pretty expensive. Just FYI.
By ze_or - posted: 3 years, 1 month ago

I own a ergodox and personally I don't like it. I would say something like the iris keyboard is better.

If I was the op I would go all out and build a manuform.
By user751476 - posted: 3 years, 1 month ago

I guess I would suggest letting out the tension in your fingers or hands after each typing session like soaking it in warm or hot water or a warm towel and try out some good typing habits that reduce strain; i.e. palm rests, etc. I type on the daily too for about a year now and I don't have any strain injury since usually just crack my fingers and stretch them if I feel the need to but I guess that's not for everyone to be able to do to reduce strain and might even cause injury if the person doesn't do it even before they learned typing.