Sunday, September 22, 2013

Judgment by Numbers vs Ability

I've lately discovered an interesting and unfortunate trend: my computer proficiency is judged more by my typing speed than any actual skills I possess.

I can genuinely claim advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office. There's not much in Office that can be done that I haven't done. While I haven't spent a lot of time in developer mode, and its been a while since I've written any VB, I am completely up to speed with pivot tables. Frankly, pivot tables are something to sneeze at.

But nobody believes me. Everybody thinks I'm over-exaggerating my skill-set based off a stupid number, a number that is as pointless of a judgment as IQ is (which actually isn't a judgment of actual intelligence, but cultural intelligence; trust me, I did a paper on it).

That number is my typing speed.

You think that just because I can't type as fast as what you think I should, means I couldn't possibly be as skilled in other areas of computing. Many people have suggested that I'm over-estimating my abilities, so let me ask you this:

If I were over-estimating, over-exaggerating, don't you think I'd pick a bigger number for my typing speed?

As it happens, I just have slightly poor finger-eye coordination, and I have significantly limited mobility in my pinkies. If you chopped off two of your fingers, your typing speed would drop too. Better yet, I'll do it, since the blood loss might make you dizzy enough to miss.

Anybody who dares to doubt me, I challenge them to test me, and they all shy away, almost as if they know the line of judgment isn't completely sound, but they don't want to take the chance that I might blow their mind.