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The QWERTY Effect: How Typing May Shape the Meaning of Words

The QWERTY Effect: How Typing May Shape the Meaning of Words
A keyboard's arrangement could have a small but significant impact to how we perceive the meaning of words we type.


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The impact of the QWERTY keyboard

The impact of the QWERTY keyboard

A keyboard's arrangement could have an impact on how we think about the words we type.

The QWERTY keyboard may attach more positive meanings to words with more letters on the right side of the layout. Letter combinations that fall on the right side of the keyboard are easier to type, lending a positive meaning.




Keyboard variations

It should be noted that the literal meanings of words certainly outweigh their QWERTY inflected association.

In several languages, there are keyboard variations with unique punctuation keys located in different places. There are also more letters on the right than the left. In the future, researchers plan to study the effects of other kinds of keyboards.



How the QWERTY layout appeared

Early typewriters frequently jammed. When letters were typed in rapid succession, they sometimes stuck together.

The QWERTY layout was invented in 1878 as a response to this problem. The layout has stuck ever since. With the transition from typewriters to personal computers, it became widespread.




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Problems of meaning=problems of insufficient value

Those who think life is meaningless feel that there is a gap between their expectations and reality: between the degree of value that life should have and the degree of value that it actually has. - Iddo Landau

To find meaning in life, we can either:

  1. Add more value: identify activities that are valuable to us  or we can remove activities that reduce value.
  2. Change our thinking: Perhaps our life already has sources of value, but we just aren’t looking at things in the right way. 

A Good Sense Of Humor

A Good Sense Of Humor
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  • Humor works ...

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Non-words with low entropy(the extent of them being unexpected) seem to offer more surprise, and therefore, get a higher humor rating.

Some Applications Of Color

  • Professions that rely heavily on visual mediums use color psychology to try to predict and instigate emotions in their target audience.
  • People use colors and lighting to increase their...

Tips for Using Color Psychology

  1. Using your favorite color for everything may result in oversaturation.
  2. Choose colors according to context to avoid being inappropriate.
  3. Combining colors may communicate a different message than the colors would individually.
  4. Consider the functionality of the object when picking a color. 
  5. Use colors to enhance your memory by highlighting important things and associating each color with its meaning.
  6. Be consistent with your color usage if you are defining colors for a business.

Colors and Psychology

It investigates how the colors affect us. Colors can change our perception, alter our senses, make us emotional, improve our memory and attention, and even influence our decisions.

The influence of colors can completely change the idea we have of a certain space or element. Colors interact with our memory, awaken feelings and guide reason and the associations that we develop to colors save our brains time, since they are processed unconsciously. 

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