We all know and love our keyboards, but why are the keys so random? The QWERTY keyboard system is used in every single keyboard we own, whether it’s our phone or our laptops. Why do we use the QWERTY system though?
Well, we have to look back to 1868 where the first typewritter was ever created in the United States. This machine worked by using letters and characters on the ends of rods which were called type bars. When a key was struck, the type bar was swung up and hit the ink coated tape which would transfer the image to paper. Originally, typewriter keyboards used to be in alphabetical order, makes sense right? Well, the most common letters were strung together on the keyboard such as s and t. This lead to people jamming their type writers mid-sentence. In 1868, trying to fix this problem, Amos Densmore and Christopher L. Sholes, changed the order of the keys for better spacing between popular keys. This was the begging of the QWERTY keyboard. As more typewriters were made, the keyboard got refined and more efficient. This keyboard has been used for 140 years and there has been many keyboard variations over the years but none have actually caught on (like the Colemak system or the Dvorak system). It would be incredibly difficult for one of these new systems to catch on due to the fact that everybody would have to buy a new keyboard and go through the backbreaking task of learning how to type again.
With around 333 million keys being pressed every second, I doubt that we will ever see a change in our beloved QWERTY keyboard.