Drive time for me is often reflection time. The other day, I was thinking on this habit I have. It shows up in two different places in my life—both when I am on the computer. The first is when I am entering in the password for my computer or a specific website. The other is when I misspell a word while I am typing.
In both of these circumstances, when I make a mistake, I go back and delete the whole thing. So, if I mess up on my password, I will delete the whole field and start typing all over again. If I misspell a word, I will delete the entire word and then retype it again.
My kids have caught me doing this and said, “You don’t have to delete the whole thing, Dad!” Then, they tell me what I already know. I am aware that I can just click over and correct the one part that is wrong and move on. My kids tell me that this would be much quicker.
So, why do I delete all the stuff that is right when just one part is wrong?
For my password, I think I have good reason to delete and start over. In most fields, I cannot see what I am typing because each character is represented by a star or bullet shape. So, I am not always sure where I messed up. I can kind of tell, but I am not always sure.
Even more, I have tried to just correct one letter and hit “enter” and I received the dreaded message: “Incorrect password.” I hate that message. I want to be sure when I fix this, I get it completely right!
I have no idea why I delete the whole word when I make a simple spelling or typographical error. I could click on the mistake, change the one wrong thing and move on. But, I do not do this. I erase the whole thing and start over.
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