IMHO, You are both right and wrong.

Just ask any smoker who has tried to quit.

I don’t think many (if any) are doing it consciously
  1. The 2 space habit has been there with this lot for years now. Imagine hundreds of thousands of instances where the 2 spaces have already been placed for each and every one of these guys. It has become more like a muscle memory for them. They just can’t help it. They aren’t even aware they are doing it when they are doing it.
    (And yes, it is a habit. I very much doubt anyone who has been doing this for years still does it with a conscious thought)
  2. The way our brain works — Yes. As usual, the brain is going to get blamed here. Whenever we are involved in any task that requires us to exercise our cognitive abilities, that is where most of our attention span is. Everything else that we are doing in that moment — just happens. I don’t know how the brain handles it, but by now I have enough trust in it to know that it will handle it all. Whether you are writing a mail, a book or anything important, that is where your whole attention is. Take this comment of mine, for example. All I am immersed in — (1) Writing what is going on in my head, (2) Structuring what word will come after the current ones, (3) Reviewing everything that is appearing on the screen.
    So yeah, the words are just appearing. I don’t have to make the conscious decision of moving my fingers on the keyboard. It just happens on its own. The brain is relaying information based on which my fingers move, and the pattern in which they move is being dictated by my muscle memory. A whatsapp notification popped up (for whatsapp web), I got distracted for just half a second. The words stopped for 2. Imagine if one were to get distracted every single time that double tap happened on the keyboard.
  3. It is more or less a harmless mistake — if I may take the liberty of calling it a mistake. Does it hurt your eyes? My eyes? Yes it does. But relatively speaking, it is harmless. So, maybe they never bothered to change it — because well, better things to do.
  4. People have been asking them for a while now — People like you and I do exist. A lot. We will point it out to them, try to get them to change their habit. Maybe some of them have even tried and failed (some would have succeeded as well). So they gave up. Because, (a) Change is difficult, (b) It was actually hampering their productivity, which was further adding up to the frustration, (c.) They thought it doesn’t matter all that much, (d) Taking up any new habit that requires discipline is a demanding and challenging task. Just think of the countless people who can’t stick to a gym routine.




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Abhishek Anand

Abhishek Anand

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