QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported
- The Dvorak keyboard is much faster.
- But there are many costs to switching. These costs would outweigh the eventual increase in typing speed.
ANALYSIS: It’s clear that we would be better off if we could use the Dvorak keyboard without having to deal with transition costs. But we can’t. If we switch, then there will be many disadvantages while we get used to the new system. The fact that QWERTY came first means that we should stick with the current system and avoid the transition costs.
- As far as we can tell, the Dvorak keyboard is accurate. The problem is the costs of switching.
- We have no idea what “usually” happens; we only know about keyboards. And with keyboards, people settled on a less efficient standard.
- People don’t stick with current standards because they’re afraid of change. They stick with current standards because the transition costs would outweigh the benefits.
- Same as C. Emotions have nothing to do with it. It simply isn’t rational to switch: the transition costs are simply too high.
- CORRECT. If we had no keyboards and had to choose then we would choose the Dvorak. But we are already using the QWERTY keyboard, so there are high transition costs. We are stuck with QWERTY.
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