I knit both ways, though now that I figured out continental, I like it better. I learned English from a book, and did that for a while, but then I started making my sock and my finger was getting sore from where I pushed the needle down, so I switched to continental to save my finger tips.
A few observations I have about my knitting:
*I have a slightly looser tension when knitting continental than I do when knitting English.
*Some stitches are harder for me to perform in continental
*If I have coarse yarn, it's going to eat up my finger no matter which way I knit.
*I am no faster knitting continental than I am while knitting English, but it looks cooler
Your method may vary. I say go for it. You can't lose. It took me a while of trying continental before I got the hang of it.