Painting and computers

So my wife and I painted my son’s room today and talking about stupid computer users, made me come up with this analogy. I don’t know if it makes sense to everyone or not, but here goes: A computer is a tool, just like a paintbrush. If you want to use a tool, it’s better if you learn how to use it. Anyone can pick up a paintbrush or turn on a computer, but if you really want to use the tool effectively, you need to take the time to learn how to use it and as you gain more experience with it, the better you are. Computers, like paint brushes, can be purchased easily, they are ready available, but just because you bought one, doesn’t mean that you’ll be any good at it. If you want your house to be painted well, you hire a professional. The same should go for computers. Unfortunately, people just assume that since they know how to turn on a computer, they should be instant experts at it, and if not they can call someone who is and get them to come over and fix their computer, or walk them through step by step, or whatever for free. Why is that? If you are going to paint a room and have absolutely no idea how to do it, do you start the job and then call an expert painter at home and say, “How am I supposed to paint the trim?” Of course, not. But then again, I’m not a painter and maybe people do. But my theory is that they don’t and the reason people are so willing to ask how to do something on a computer relates to a lack of respect for computer skills. There is this thought that anyone and everyone can use a computer. Unfortunately, there is a very small percentage of people with real computer skills, so next time you need help, be thankful for that person you ask for help. Well, I guess I’ve gotten off of my analogy/topic, maybe that’s why my wife says I should come up with analogies.

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