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 What apps you choose to install, what websites you visits, what social networks you use, what news sources you receive, who you talk to, where you spend money, who you vote for, are all factors software, system, and app developers are interested in.

And especially where and how you spend money.

It's not just conscious choices -- they try to sneak onto your systems, into your awareness, or even manipulate or track you without you knowing about it.

You can't fight this alone.

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