I think it's cool for a person to experience using typewriters just to have a feel of how it works like. After all, they've been widely used before laptops and printers came along. 😂
I've only seen several of them at museums and one at my elementary school's library before and they aren't even allowed to be touched.
If you have used one, how have you dealt with typographical errors?
If you haven't used one, would you want experience in using it?
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Yes, I have. I'm a couple of years older than you, so back when I was your age, they were still more common. I actually learned typing in the 10-finger system on a typewriter, back when I was 9. After that, I used my typewriter for a lot of different things in school that other kids wrote by hand because I am almost blind and my disability makes it very exhausting for me to write by hand (I have to write large letters and that makes me slow). For example I wrote in-class essays on my typewriter because this way I was much faster than by hand.
Having to correct small mistakes such as spelling-errors was actually the smallest problem. Applying some white-out isn't too big of a deal. However, the reason typewriters were truly annoying is because you couldn't edit your text anymore. Once you started to write a new sentence, you had to dead sure that this is exactly what you want to say. If you later figured out that you don't like a certain paragraph and you want to change it, you had to re-type the whole page. You can't imagine how much pain and what a waste of time that is.
My mom tends to be quite hostile towards modern technology, so she has actually been using her typewriter until very recently. She has to write a lot for her job and she only started using her first computer about 4 years ago. Before that, she didn't even know how an email program or Windows word functions. She just wrote everything on her typewriter.1