Why should I learn about computers?
Today, almost every person in every part of the world uses some form of a computer every day and having a general understanding of computers can not only help you function in today's world it can prevent you from getting left behind. Below we've created a list of reasons why you should learn more about computers with additional resources on how you can learn more about computers.
Tip: Many people believe smartphones, tablets, and other computing devices are not computers. However, this confusion is another reason why you should learn more about computers so you can realize all of these devices are a form of computer.
Computers help you work faster
Someone with even a very basic understanding of a word processor is going to be able to work faster and enjoy writing more than someone who is typing on a typewriter. This example may be an extreme example, but is an excellent example of how understanding computers and technology can help improve your capabilities and also help you at school and in a business environment.
Also, after learning the basics of a task or program, you can continue to learn and evolve until you become a master and become even faster at working. For example, someone who very familiar with a program and knows many of its keyboard shortcuts can be two to three times faster than someone with a basic understanding of a program.
Computers can answer almost any question
Today, a person with a computer connected to the Internet can find answers to virtually any request or question. Having an understanding of using a computer, connecting to the Internet, opening a browser, and finding what they are looking for using a search engine gives that person so much more power than someone who doesn't know how to do these things.
A computer can teach you almost anything
Also, being able to find an answer to virtually any question, a computer can also teach you how to do almost anything. There are dozens of stories of people visiting YouTube and other sites on the Internet to learn more about a subject, learning a new skill for a job, or how to do something.
Understanding computer terminology helps with other technology
Having a good understanding of the terminology and lingo used with computers can help you be more efficient with other technology. For example, someone who understand the concept of how to find something on the Internet is going to know the basics of how to connect to the Internet and what program to use on all of their devices.
- See our computer dictionary for a list of over 12,000 computer related terms or enter any term you are unfamiliar with in our search to find an immediate definition.
Resolve problems and questions faster
A person with even a basic understanding of computers and software programs is going to have a much easier time resolving problems they may have encountered while working on a computer. For example, someone who gets an error while logging into an account and has had the same problem in the past may already know that it may be because the caps lock key is enabled.
Computers and robots are replacing jobs
More and more computers and robots are assisting or replacing jobs that have been done in the past by humans. If you have a better understanding of how to use computers you can help program these machines, know how to fix them, and work more efficiently with them. If you lack the technological skills, it's more likely you would be one of the first people in your company to be replaced.
Learning a computer can help you find a job
Almost every job today and jobs of the future requires some type of technical knowledge. Learning more about computers and computer software required for the job can a competitive edge against others who may be applying for the same job.
Computers can save and make you money
A computer can also save you money and there are dozens of places online that allow you to compare prices and shop. Someone with the right skills can quickly find the best price and even get the item shipped to them without even having to leave their house.
A computer can also make you money by giving you the freedom of working for yourself by doing a number of different things online.