Originally Posted by M0T0XGUY
No, the QWERTY was invented to slow typists down because machines were becoming jammed more and more often.
Well, this is an issue which no one really can be sure of. However the common believe is that it was not designed to slow you down, but because of the illogical way of placing the letters on a keyboard it might have this effect.
What is sure about QWERTY is that it was designed to avoid jams in machines. They made the layout in a way that would result in hammers next to each other to not be used directly subsequently. (only for English though)
I have been using Dvorak and QWERTY myself. The main differences are not so much in the faster typing, but in the way more relaxed position that your hands are in when using Dvorak. If you are interested in typing faster you should look at completely different layouts and styles of keyboards. Velotype is a pretty good one.