QWERTY syndrome

QWERTY syndrome

The practice of continuing to use outdated or impractical technology when better options are available. The QWERTY keyboard, the standard keyboard on computers, was first introduced on 19th-century typewriters because typing too quickly on a typewriter would jam the keys. ("QWERTY" refers to the first six keys on the upper left side of the keyboard.) A: "They only continue to use this filing system because it's what they've always done, not because it's actually useful." B: "I know, management has a serious case of QWERTY syndrome."
See also: syndrome
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