Curing Computer Phobia: 10 Easy Steps
There are many people,
especially older adults who fear computers. There are people who exhibit signs of
anxiety, intimidation, or general discomfort. As my dad says, I do not understand those damn
things. My dad does not even
use an ATM machine.
There are two major phases
to overcoming computer phobia.
- The first is the fear of the computer itself.
- The second is that people are afraid of computer
Lets go into a little
detail here. If you fear the
computer that is because you are not comfortable using it, or familiar with how
to use it. Some people fear that
theyll blow up the PC just by touching the wrong key. But the computer is a lot tougher than
you think, especially today where the operating system, applications and
hardware are customer oriented, unlike the old days. Unless you spill beer or drinks on it,
or use your CD-ROM player as a cup holder
(true observation once), you are not
going to cause any harm. As for
losing important data, just learn the save command on your software application
and save frequently. Even if you make a mistake right now, you still have a
good copy on the PC.
Computer terminology makes many people afraid. Lets be honest here. Cars make me afraid. Yes, I know some of the key
words, but when a mechanic starts with the car mechanic lingo, do I care? No, I have no idea what they are talking
about. Do I need it, or can I live
without it? I just want the car to
take me from place to place with minimal inconvenience.
When a computer phobic hears someone say My HP Presario has a Pentium
4 with many gigabytes of RAM:PlaceName> and is faster then Joes PC,
etc. theyre likely to run screaming from the room. But the translation is fairly
simple: My HP computer is fast and
can store a lot of information.
Furthermore, you dont have to know much terminology to use a
computer, just like you dont have to know all the technical details of a
cars engine to drive.
Here are the ten steps:
Youve nearly finished step one by reading this article.
- Pick up a copy of the e-book Computers 101: Questions You Were Afraid to
Ask. It explains basic
computer terms and concepts for beginners and also tells you where you can buy
a new PC and where to go for help.
If youve never used a computer before, find
a friend or your kid to show you.
Have them show you the basics of turning on the PC, writing a short
note, printing it and saving it.
Doing this will increase your PC knowledge by 40%, because what you do
for one program applies to the other programs.
- There are many places to get CD tutorials. There are self paced CDs that enable you
to learn how to use a PC. One of
the better places is at http://action4u.juvio.com.
- Sign up for an adult night class at a local school or
college. These classes are pretty
good to further understand the PC.
- Try learning something new every time that you use the
PC. For example if you were using
Microsoft Word, try creating columns.
When you are on a blank page press the F1 key. This is the help key. A blank box will appear with the word
search above it. Type in the word
columns. There will be
topics listed as well as step by step on how to do it.
- Experiment with the PC. You will not break it. Go through the software applications
menus. See what they do.
- Maybe your fear is with the mouse. Over 80% of the functionality of a
software application can be done using the keyboard. In my e-book called Computers
101: The Questions You Were Afraid
to Ask!, there is a whole section on how to use the keyboard to do tasks,
thus eliminating the mouse. The
only real time that I use a mouse is to play games. Keyboards are a lot faster and easier to
- Do not be afraid to ask questions. If you do not understand something, ask
your kid, or someone elses kid.
Send an e-mail with your questions to Dave. All
questions will be answered within seven days.
- The more experience you have with the computer, the
more you will know, thus eliminating your computer phobia. Congratulations on taking the first step
to becoming confident with your PC by reading this article.
© Copyright - February,
John R. Gontowicz:p