Are millennials guilty of rushing their work? The research results include a surprising discovery.

A UK based mobility company has found that millennials are the best typers, typing on average 40.7% more words in 60-seconds than older generations. However, they do make more errors…

Research was recently undertaken by a Yorkshire-based online mobility company, Fenetic Wellbeing, to learn more about typing accuracy across different generations. Launching their online Typing Game earlier this summer, users were put to the test with just 60-seconds to type out as many words as they could, and as accurately as possible.

The game was initially created to help older generations improve their touch-typing, focusing on speed and accuracy. Since the launch, the game has been played by a mixture of generations revealing key themes amongst different age brackets. Younger users proved themselves the fastest typers, but their accuracy showed to be much lower than older generations.

20-25 year olds made the most errors (averaging around 2.1 errors per 60-seconds) with the majority of those plays taking place on a mobile device. The data suggests that while millennials are more tech savvy than previous generations, they’re prepared to sacrifice accuracy in favour of speed which could be linked to stereotypical millennial lifestyle.

Co-founder of Fenetic Wellbeing Tom Applebee stated:

“What started as a way to connect with our core customer base, has now become a fascinating piece of research we couldn’t not share. We were unsurprised to see that younger generations were the faster typers but it’s interesting to see that accuracy takes the backseat for them. Growing up using text abbreviations and emojis has perhaps built a generation of people who prioritise delivering a message quickly over getting it right. There’s no judgement from us on any generation. For us, the data backs up the cultural shift we’ve seen over the last 20 years with learnings to be taken from both sides.”

The research collated has also raised questions about future generations and what we can expect from them in years to come. As smart technology continues to develop, it’s likely that typing will become less essential as voice control technology improves.