Once, the thought was that only businesses had a need to use computers. Therefore, computer literacy was not necessary or required of the layperson. The average person only needed to learn and do what their corporate or organizational bosses told them.
Outside of work, a desktop (personal) computer was simply the next new electronic gadget for the home. A personal computer was for convenience and fun, and not a necessary requirement of everyday living.
Now days, if you lack computer knowledge and skills you may start to suffer low self-esteem, especially when you see the young and the elderly possessing such skill and knowledge.
You now find the use of computer technology in almost everything you do – all day, everyday. In fact, some high-end automobiles seem to require more than a little understanding of computer technology in order to understand the operational and programming functions.
Banks and other financial institutions may soon require some activities to take place on-line (for example, receiving e-bank statements), or you will pay a fee for an alternate method such as postal mail.
The younger you are the more difficulties you will experience in the future, if you do not possess a working (and constantly increasing) knowledge of computers. Improve your computer literacy and your self-esteem will certainly improve.
Those in the fifty plus generation, due to longer life expectancy, may also have trouble if they do not become computer literate.
In addition to self-esteem and lifestyle reasons, there are two other reasons why you should become computer literate.
Studying computers will stimulate and challenge your mind. Learning all about computers will force your mind into a higher level of mental activity. In so doing, you strengthen brain cells and nerve connections. As a result, you maintain a higher level of mental alertness longer into your later years. Vigorously exercising your mind, regardless of age, is necessary for long-term mental health, and for living a more vigorous and fulfilling life.
Increase your computer literacy. Create a desire to learn all you can about computers. You could start by taking a class at a senior plus center or the continuing education division of a local college or university, or simply self teach. It is never too late to start.
a) The more you know about computers the more valuable you become to your employer. Your increased value could lead to job security and perhaps promotional opportunities.
b) Earn extra income by helping others with their computer problems. More and more people are buying computers. A fast growing trend is the need for inexpensive home visits to assist people (an aging population) with understanding computers, solving a wide range of computer problems, setting up a home computer network, and internet security.
Now you have it! Whether you become computer literate for reasons of lifestyle, mental health, to make money, to improve your self-esteem, or any other reason, you ultimately benefit. You cannot lose.