You can say that in our society today typing or touch typing is a critical skill to have in the workplace and in school. Today kids in high shool or earlier are given a laptop as part of their mandatory equipment. I can say it is a great tool to have, a laptop with access to the Internet and all the information at your finger tips. Even today most of the social activity is done via social network websites like Facebook or Myspace and knowing how to type quickly is essential.
At work, typing is critical to getting reports done or responding to emails quickly is a must. The faster you type the more work you can get done and possibly make more money. The old way to learning to type was with a book and you took your lessons one step at a time. The downside of such methods was that knowing your typing speed per assignment had to be calculated by counting the words and having a timer. Well, thanks to the Internet knowing your typing speed can happen in realtime as you are doing your assignments, so you get immediate feedback on your progress.
Some websites offer this service for free, where you can learn to touch type using their websites and track your progress. So in this society you do not have an excuse of saying that you don't have the time or money to learn how to type quickly. It's really sad to see an adult use two fingers to type an email or write a letter.