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 5. The parts of a computer you see are only a small part of how it all works.

The physical product, controls, display, speakers, etc., are how you and the computer interact -- the "user interface" (UX). Think of those like handles on a bag or door, guages and instruments and controls on a car, or an elevator panel. These let you tell the computer what you want, and it tell you what you're doing.

But the interface isn't _what the computer is_, only _how you experience it_.


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