languidness wrote:Sit down in a college lecture hall and watch the students taking notes on a laptop...it's easy to see that the majority of them are easily going 100 wpm+.
I agree with most of what you said, but the assumption that it's common to type 100+ WPM based on watching students taking notes during lectures is a stretch for me. Many typists can do bursts of 100+ WPM, but to sustain that speed over a longer period of time on unpracticed text, and especially when symbols and numbers are included, is much more difficult. These typists are definitely in the minority, also among college students.
DeRoche wrote:Paymon Warasta typed the English permanent challenge (a pretty difficult quote) on Typingzone at 203 WPM, putting him at rank 4 worldwide, when he was 11 years old. Shazzy, a 14-year-old, is famous on TypeRacer for being able to type at speeds well over 200 WPM, possibly attaining a faster max speed than Sean Wrona.
While these two are exceptional typists at any age, they are extreme exceptions from the norm, and miles above most others I've seen in this age group. The normal English result of 191 WPM, which I mentioned in a previous post, is from Paymon at the age of twelve.
As stated before, there are a number of ways to compare your typing with others, depending on the text typed, the group you are comparing yourself to and the speed attained, everything from average to world class. You are in the latter category when it comes to speed, so it's natural for you to see typing from that point of view.