Is Your Computer a Blessing or a Menace?

The computer can be thought of as a “sign of the times”. It was invented to remove the mind-numbing aspects of various collating, organizing and thinking processes. It has also brought about a big change in all of our lifestyles. Even our lives themselves have been influenced by this technology .

Some may have the view that the computer is more of a menace than a blessing , but this seems to be completely out of touch with the rest of the world. This is ridiculous because the rest of the world has learned to enjoy and use computers. The statement is the typical mourning of a person who’s always clamoring for the ‘good old days’.

The trouble with the ‘good old days’ is that, while they may fill us with a sense of nostalgia , in many respects they weren’t all ‘good’. People who clamor for them fail to see the pain they also held. Before the computer was invented, there were too many things that were necessarily slow.

Data processing was slow, typing on typewriters was tedious and error-prone, and accounting was done by hand on paper ledgers, which was extremely slow and highly tedious. The computer sped up all these processes. And on a personal level, computers have become a vastly popular household item.

Why is it so great for things to be sped up? It is simply a great blessing . If simple, but troublesome, tasks like data processing can be done faster, then we will have time to do the other, more important, tasks. It simply doesn’t make sense that the computer could be a menace .

Perhaps the idea of the computer as a menace arises from the trouble that it has been perceived to cause in some areas. Some people may have lost their jobs because the computer has made them obsolete. To be honest, though, this is simply a matter of looking at the ‘problem’.

The fact that the computer can replace a person could be thought of as a clear indication that the person should be doing something more important. In many companies, where computers have replaced people, those people receive high-value retraining. This is a ‘life upgrade’ and the worker should see the process as a blessing; since the computer was indirectly responsible for providing the upgrade.

Another reason why some may look at the computer as a menace is the fact that it makes some people waste time playing games on it. This is a ridiculous accusation; time could just as well be wasted by that same person watching television. On top of that, playing games on the computer at least has the advantage of being interactive, unlike the habit of staring at the TV. But more importantly, playing computer games is something that a person chooses to do. There is no compulsion for any particular individual to waste time in this (or any other) way. It’s simply not appropriate to label the computer a menace for this reason.

So to call the computer more of a menace than a blessing is just plain unfair. Indeed, the computer is a great blessing. Like just about everything else, whether the computer is a blessing or a menace, depends a lot on how one exercises his or her choices.

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