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 12. There are several wars being fought on most of your digital devices, and you are losing most of them.

The wars are being fought for:

- Your time.
- Your attention.
- Your money.
- Your data.
- Your decisions and influence.
- Your device's capabilities.

In any competitive landscape, different parties fight over what's available. The world of Android or iOS smartphones, Windows and Mac laptops and desktops, the Web, shopping, communications, and data, is a battlefield.

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