What are some things that every computer user should learn? What things do you wish every computer user knew? What are some of the biggest benefits that individuals and/or society could reap if computer users learned these things?

Please boost, I honestly want as many serious answers as possible. Feel free to answer variations of the question for different levels of "computer users", such as programmers, office workers who use a computer 4+ hours per day, phone-only users, etc.

@willghatch 1. Computers are tools.

Tools are means to ends. Your computer (desktop, server, laptop, mobile, thermostat) serves _you_ and _your_ goals, though also probably its manufacturer(s), vendor(s), programmer(s), service provider(s), employer(s)/school(s), hacker(s), etc.

Knowing what your goals are, and how they relate to others, helps.

Front of mind should be _what do you want_.

Consider that other entities may not share (or may actively oppose) those goals.


@willghatch A thing on a computer that is one way _does not have to be that way_, it can be some other way.

White backgrounds can be made black (or red or green or...), squares can be made circles (or triangles or squiggly lines or...), text can be made speech.

What they _are_ and what they _might be_ depends on goals, abilities, tools, and usefulness. The flexibility is powerful but can also be a trap if you spend too much time fiddling with it.


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