Why should I learn about computers?

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope
why learn about computers

Today, many people all over the world use some form of a computer every day. Having a general understanding of computers can help you function in today's world and 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.


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

As computers, software, and hardware improve, so do their capabilities. For example, 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. With a word processor, you can easily edit anywhere in a document, erase text, move text, copy text, change fonts, and much more. All these things were impossible or tough to do with a typewriter.

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 is familiar with a program and knows 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 question. Understanding the computer, connecting to the Internet, opening a browser, and 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, learn 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, who knows 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 solving problems they may have encountered while working on a computer. For example, someone with experience who gets an error while logging into an account may realize its because the caps lock key is enabled, and passwords are case sensitive.

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 about computers can help you find a job

Almost every job today and jobs of the future require some 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 different things online.