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Last week we asked you all to tell us how fast you type How Fast Do You Type? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Fast Do You Type? [MakeUseOf Poll] Those of us who spend a lot of time on our computers know that there's often a huge gap between the typing speed of a geek and an everyday human. There's also a wide gap... Read More . Most readers claimed they could type (composing, not transcribing) at 60-69 WPM. Now, while there was largely a regular bell curve to explain all the other typing speeds, there were a surprising amount of people who can type at 150+ WPM. Let’s just say we’re impressed!

Out of 300 total votes, the statistics are as follows: 14% type at 60-69 WPM; 14% type at 70-79 WPM; 11% type at 30-39 WPM; 11% type at 40-49 WPM; 10% type at 50-59 WPM; 9% type at 80-89 WPM; 8% type at 20-29 WPM; 6% type at 150+ WPM; 6% type at 90-99 WPM; 4% type at below 20 WPM; 4% type at 100-109 WPM; while all ranges between 110-149 WPM received less than 2% votes each.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

We’re very surprised to see so many MakeUseOf readers who can type at over 150 words per minute!

This week’s poll question is: How Long Has It Been Since You Wore A Watch?


Geeks, teens and twenty-somethings mostly ditched their watches as soon as they got their first mobile phone. But these days even watch-lovers and old folk are finally leaving their watches at home. When did you stop wearing a watch? Or do you still wear one?

For the sake of the poll, include fob-watches and other single-purpose timekeeping devices as watches.

Do you still wear a watch? Why/Why not?

  1. chudley
    September 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I feel a little sorry for people who have to dig in their pocket for their phone and put it away just to know what time it is. I can look and get back to what I'm doing in under 2 seconds. Didn't pocket watches go out of style around 1930 for this very reason ?

  2. Jgl590
    September 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I have two - one about seven years old and one about three years old, both Timex and they both have the 24-hour time on the inside for going overseas.  Both light up also.  As of now, I don't have a cell phone but wouldn't want to pull it out of my pocket whenever I want to see the time.  

  3. Robert Kemper
    September 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Still wear a watch. more convenient then pulling out the phone. Just look at your wrist, and WOW you know the time. Amazing technology!

  4. Anonymous
    September 6, 2011 at 7:07 am

    I love watches. I feel something is missing whenever I dont have it on my wrists. I use my phone clock for only Alarm purpose:D

  5. Anonymous
    September 5, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    My watch is much faster to look at then my cellphone, so I really like that aspect, and I  have a nice-looking waterproof watch (well, for everything except scuba-diving) that I never ever take off except when washing. I may not always have my cell phone (like if I am near a pool or without pockets), but I'll always know the time.

  6. Bakari
    September 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I didn't realize until I saw this question that I haven't worn a watch in over 20 years. I always thought watches were limiting--that they should do more than tell time. Interestingly, I've seen some people where those iPod minis like watches. 

  7. Fik_of_Borg
    September 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Here in socialist Venezuela they rob you if they notice you taking out a cell phone (even if it is an old one), so ... watches.

  8. Mr.Know-It-All
    September 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I wear a watch almost every day.
    The only time I'm with/out one is when I'm at home/computer.
    I don't really like cellphones; most of them have really lousy software,
     & the phones are mostly really cheap chinese-junk.
    [Most of them don't have 'waterproof' insulation, internally.]

  9. Anonymous
    September 5, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Having the time on my wrist is much more convenient then having to pull out the cell phone. I have had the need for a timer, so, once again, a watch is much more convenient. Plus, I just like the look of a nice watch. Actually, I just ordered another one.

  10. Cell Travis
    September 5, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Actually, I still have and wear a watch. It's not an either/or situation for me. I'm one of those people who prefers checking my watch for the time rather than the cell phone.

  11. Kelly Faulkner
    September 5, 2011 at 4:30 am

    can't go without it. as a woman, my phone is typically in my bag. not exactly convenient when i want to know the time.

  12. UUUnicorn
    September 5, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I still wear calculator/computer wristwatches. I need them, as I have a learning disability in math (which may be dyscalculia).

  13. Mulder
    September 5, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I've never not worn a watch. I still have the same digital chronograph alarm watch I got more than 30 years ago, and it works perfectly. If you're relying on a cell phone to keep track of time, then you're wasting your money and you need a life.

  14. Patty Fusselman
    September 5, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Five years. I wore one faithfully until the battery died & I was too lazy to have it replaced. Ever since then it has been my cell phone. Sometimes I do miss having a watch but not usually.

  15. Sarene Silverstein-Mardirossia
    September 5, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I haven't worn a watch in about 30 years.  And oddly, while it's nice to receive a gift, I never understand how many people choose a watch as a special present.  I'm 50, if there hasn't been a watch on my wrist in all these years, wouldn't one think it's because I don't care to wear one and not that I don't have one?  

  16. zarray
    September 5, 2011 at 1:47 am

    I collect them; I prefer gimmicky and/or novelty cheap watches over something I have to pay over $50 for. Unless someone's kind enough to gift me one.

  17. William Alan Robinson
    September 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I've actually just bought one last fortnight after being without one for nearly 12 years. I got a bit sick of both, digging my phone out of my pocket and trying to find it in a pitch black room at night every time I wanted to know the time.

  18. Telgarbrekke
    September 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Not only have I given up watches, I have given up my clock radio-dont need an alarm or time as the cell phone does it for me. So if the power goes out, I am still on time. Come to think of it, Between cable, microwave and phone, I have given up having a clock! Just realized that! I have no clock anywhere-wow. What a change.

  19. Guillaume Moigneu
    September 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I've always been wearing a watch and love them. Having around 15 of them with 2 masterpiece !

    The only accessory men should wear !

  20. Meena Bassem
    September 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    it's kinda strange that i put on my watch as long as I'm about to change my clothes. even if i change them just to meet some guests :D and even if i don't look at it

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