What are all of the advantages of using a computer?
Although there are disadvantages to using a computer, we believe the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages (although we may be biased). Below is a list of the main advantages and benefits you'll get from using a computer.
Increase your productivity
Computers increase your productivity and with a good understanding of the software running on them you will become more productive at everything you do. For example, once you have a basic understanding of using a word processor you can create, store, edit, share, and print documents. Each of these things was either impossible or much slower with all pre-existing technologies.
Connects you to the Internet
Connecting a computer to the Internet is what unlocks the power of the computer. Once connected to the Internet your choices and available options are almost limitless, and many of the benefits listed on this page are a computer that is connected to the Internet.
Can store vast amounts of information and reduce waste
Computers are capable of storing and accessing vast amounts of information. For example, a computer and devices like eBook readers can store hundreds and if given enough storage could store millions of books. By being able to store books, documents, movies, pictures, and songs digitally, you can quickly find what you need with a search and share information between devices. It eliminates the need for paper and plastics used to make non-digital versions of the media.
Helps sort, organize, and search through information
A computer can also use its stored information more efficiently than any other device. In our earlier example, we mentioned the ability to store millions of books. Once those books are stored on a computer they can be sorted into categories, alphabetized, and can be searched to find exactly may be looking for in less than a minute. Trying to find the same text in a million books would take a human months if not years.
Get a better understanding of data
Computers can also give you a better understand of data and big data. For example, a business could have a database of items they've sold. Using that data, they can quickly identify what items sell best at what time of year, when to mark up or down an item, and what items are not selling. Having access to this type of information can give the business a better understanding of their customers and a competitive edge against their competitors.
Keeps you connected
Computers can help keep you connect with long distance friends and family over e-mail and social networking. You can also connect with millions of other people that share the same interests as you over online forums, chat, and VoIP services like Skype. Being able to connect to people all around the world is also an excellent way to meet people you would normally never meet.
Another great thing about the communication on the Internet is that it's fast compared to other forms of communication. For example, you could send someone an e-mail on the other side of the planet, and it often arrives in less than a minute or at most a few minutes. Where snail mail (postal mail) would take days or even weeks to arrive.
Can help you learn and keep you informed
The computer and a computer connected to the Internet is a great learning tool and is something that can help answer almost any question and can teach you anything that interests you. You also have access to any news station in the world and can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, weather, and stories around the world. You could learn a new profession by reading websites or watching videos. You could even sign up for online courses that teach you about any subject you'd learn in school.
Can make you money
When connected to the Internet a computer can help you make money many different ways. For example, it is much cheaper to create and run an online store than having a physical store. Also, once online your store or product has a global audience, and you could potentially sell to anyone in the world.
Improves your abilities
Are you not the best speller, have poor grammar, not great at math, don't have a great memory, or need help with something else. By using all of the computers abilities, you can improve all of your abilities or if you have a hard time learning you can rely on the computer to assist you.
Can help automate and monitor
One of the best things a computer can do is be programmed to complete a task and once done be made to repeat that task as many times as you need. For example, a computer could be programmed to move a robotic arm that builds a part for a car or filter, sort, respond, and forward incoming e-mail as it is received.
A computer can automate any imaginable task and can also be programmed to wait for something to occur. For example, computers connected to a camera can be programmed to watch for movement and when detected send an alert and begin recording.
Today, there are dozens of services that can help save you time. Several examples are listed below.
- Using a site like Amazon, you can find many of the same products you would find at a store for the same price or cheaper. You can also have those items shipped to your door without having to leave your home.
- You could use an online banking site to view your bank balance and pay bills.
- If your favorite restaurant has a website, you can order take out without having to wait in line.
- You can view online traffic cameras and maps with traffic information to find the quickest route.
Assist the physically challenged
Computers are also an excellent tool that can be used to help the physically challenged. For example, Stephen Hawking uses a computer to speak, which wouldn't be as easy without a computer. Computers are also great tools for the blind with special software that can be installed to read what is on the screen. Finally, for those who have a hard time leaving the house, shopping, or socializing a computer can help with all of these tasks.
Find love in your life
Millions of people have found the love of their lives on the Internet through online dating sites. Computers and the Internet make it much easier for people to connect with other people from around the world that are interested in the same things that interest them.
Keep you entertained
With a computer you could store and listen to millions of songs, and watch a DVD and Blu-ray if you have a drive, and when connected to the Internet watch an endless amount of streaming and online video from popular sites like Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube.