A computer is a device that can carry out logical and mathematical operations through a set of programmed instructions. In today’s parlance, the word computer usually means a Personal Computer; that has a central processor, storage capabilities, and input and output devices.
Advantages of Computer
- Work that is saved on the computer can be easily accessed and used again or edited for new purposes.
- Upgradable hardware.
- The final output is seen on the screen while it is being produced. This allows the content creator to check the work.
- Since the editing is done real time, only the final version needs to be printed reducing the need for paper.
- Connects to social media easily.
- While creating content, research can be done right on the computer simultaneously. Sources can be easily cited, and the information inserted.
- Computers can automate tasks, have recurring calendar items, and reduce menial tasks.
- A person’s activities can be tracked so a journal or diary of their activities can be accessed by the user.
- Computers can play a variety of media formats unlike other devices such as TVs.
- Immersive gaming due to the larger screens and input devices.
- Faster editing of media due to the powerful processor.
- Better online shopping.
- Experience sharing is easier since most controls require a keyboard and mouse.
- Software availability as most of the world publishers, develop for the computer first.
- Depreciates slowly as hardware components have a long shelf life.
Disadvantages of Computer
- Causes wrist pain as people work with the keyboard and mouse.
- Computers consumes more electricity.
- Steep learning curve from learning the operating system and the software.
- Distracting from work since it is easy for social connections to find you.
- Activities are tracked.
- Prolonged use causes eye strain.
- Encourages micro-management as tasks and activities are tracked.
- Expensive to run and maintain since you have to keep antivirus software updated.
- You are tied to an operating system which makes it hard to switch platforms.
- Compromises privacy.
- Need for updates for hardware and firmware.
- High Training costs because of the different components that may be upgraded.
- Desktop machines are not mobile; and while laptops are mobile, they are generally not as easy to use as smartphones.
- Computers now have limitations when not connected to the internet.