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.

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@willghatch If you're a typical user, know that:

- This isn't your fault.
- You may be able to learn how to better use systems.
- Many systems are badly designed.
- Training _everyone_ on _everything_ probably won't work.
- Systems used by many people won't be very flexible or powerful.
- These problems impact other issues mentioned previously about data, identity, fraud, and more.

One result is to build systems that do only one thing, and don't share or exchange data outside of that.

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