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Computers: a blessing or a curse

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In many ways computers and their ability to connect to the internet seems to be a tremendous blessing. After all, they allow us to access a tremendous amount of information. We can more easily research almost any topic we can think of. Computers can use such a wide variety of programs. They can check our spelling or grammar usage. They allow us to compile vast data bases of information and allow us to access that information in a large variety of ways. With computers we can store or transmit information thus saving on the need to have warehouses of paper of stored information that can be very difficult to search through and locate what we need.

But, is this blessing also a curse in disguise? With spell check we become much less concerned with learning how to spell. With grammar check we find it less demanding to learn correct grammar usage. With the ability to develop and access huge databases of information we get lazy about learning and remembering things we can easily look up. Even doctors get lax in their study of diagnosing symptoms of their patients. Why should they when they can type into a medical diagnostic data base the symptoms and get a list of probable causes and treatments. What would happen to us as a society if there was a nation or even world wide electrical black-out, or if computer hackers/terrorists managed to get into all these data bases and delete them?

Just think about the Y2K scare of just a few years ago. The fear was that due to a common programming custom of only allowing 2 spaces for the date instead of 4 that computers would either stop working or start giving erroneous output when the year 2000 came in. Think of the enormous amount of money spent attempting to correct this potential problem before the year 2000 came in.

So in an attempt to answer the question of whether computers are a curse or blessing, the only logical answer is they are both. It is ultimately up to human beings to minimize the curse parts while at the same time taking full advantage of the blessing parts.

I would love to hear your opnions and annalist of this question. The use of computers are now in almost every aspect of life from home use to business and government use.

Comments

naitek on November 19, 2016:

computer is a curse

unique uncule on December 08, 2015:

Computer is madarchod

Samuel on June 20, 2015:

It's a curse bcos 2rue it d anti Christ will gain control

Nikita on May 04, 2015:

I asked for a short essay not such a big essay . But it is write .

pre on June 29, 2014:

I think its a curse because of cyber bullying

Heluigumbe on April 29, 2014:

Computer is both a blessing and a curse.It is a blessing for the one who know how to use it in a the proper way and it is a curse just opposite to the of the former.

b on December 06, 2013:

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XSX-SHEIKH on August 31, 2013:

IN my opinion you all are correct but now a days computer is a curse for all of us because in every website there is a f****ing advertisement which changed the mind of any person so in my opinion computer iss a curse.........moreover the internet is a curse..........

notbad on August 24, 2013:

not bad

rock star on March 20, 2013:

i think that it is a blessing

CC on March 18, 2013:

I think its a curse

saba asif on March 17, 2013:

very very nice

ak on February 25, 2013:

depends upon us

anwesha on February 18, 2013:

it is up 2 u how u use it..

auriana on December 19, 2012:

tremendous info

liyaa on December 11, 2012:

computer is really a blessing

Jiya on December 06, 2012:

Computers are useful but in a limit

Jiya on December 06, 2012:

Computer is a blessing & curse too

unknown on December 03, 2012:

4 parents it is a curse and 4 children lik me it is a blessin

raja on November 12, 2012:

it is a wonderful gift of science we should use it with care. very nice

ABDULAZIZ IBRAHIM on September 19, 2012:

ITS A BLESSING TO THE WORLD IN GENERAL, WHILE ON THE OTHER HAND IS A CURSE TO SOME EXTENT. ITS HOW YOU USE IT.

aliya on May 21, 2012:

nice

soame on April 25, 2012:

coputer is blessing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Omofelifrance on April 22, 2012:

Computer is of gr8t blessin 2 us, access in4mation fast,& it makes our journy fast & wax quick,on lyk D accient days

Nokwakhe Dlamini SD on March 14, 2012:

In my own opinion Technology is realy a curse. As much as we garant it we also need to know that the is a world outside the digital one!

muneeb 0312-4991617) on February 09, 2012:

computers is a boon for us as life is impossible without computers.But, as the disadvantages are concerned ,computers tend to be an insecure place for private,or information regrading banks or armies.So as sir said we have to minimize the curses to make the boons actually a boon!!!

muneeb903124991617) on February 09, 2012:

computers is a boon for us as life is impossible without computers.But, as the disadvantages are concerned ,computers tend to be an insecure place for private,or information regrading banks or armies.So as sir said we have to minimize the curses to make the boons actually a boon!!!

nomen pinto on February 07, 2012:

computers is a boon for us as life is impossible without computers.But, as the disadvantages are concerned ,computers tend to be an insecure place for private,or information regrading banks or armies.So as sir said we have to minimize the curses to make the boons actually a boon!!!

amna on February 02, 2012:

it is a blessing because it improves our knoldge

nav on February 01, 2012:

it is blessing

Anu on January 13, 2012:

It is a blessing & it is a curse if it is miss used.

t.i on December 26, 2011:

In my opinion computer is sometime a blessing but as usual it is sometime a curse

azra on November 29, 2011:

yes its upto to human, whether they r blessing or curse

Joel friday on September 08, 2011:

Computer is a blessing to the society, generally with the help computer people use to known what is going on in the country.

vaishnavi on August 04, 2011:

as we know that t is blessing but according to my opinion computer is curse

Nikhil Sarda on July 26, 2011:

computer is a blessing

mehwish on July 19, 2011:

this is really good ilike this

smita mishra on February 18, 2011:

In today's world really computer become a curse for all of us.

Jay Usher on April 01, 2008:

"Fear leads to Anger", "Anger leads to Pain" "Pain leads to Suffering!" - Yoda

trish1048 on March 30, 2008:

Excellent points!  also, some scary thoughts, such as the black-out, and doctors becoming lax in the old-fashioned ways of practicing medicine. 

We have come to rely on the computer so much, so much so that old-fashioned ways of doing things are pretty much obsolete.  You are right though, in thinking it is both a blessing and a curse.

This forum, for example, allows us to interact with the human race in ways that we never could in pre-computer days.  There is so much valuable information to be accessed, and how easy to get to it just by turning on a switch.  And how much easier it is for children to learn by searching out websites relevant to what they are being taught.  The sad part about that is, they are not learning how to use their own brain by relying so heavily on computers.

Thanks so much for this valuable hub! Keep writing :)

Patty

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