What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Computer?

Computers are a wonderful, modern convenience. They make writing easier, banking more convenient and schools, offices and factories more efficient. There are, however, disadvantages to using computers, such as loss of jobs, academic dishonesty, theft and invasion of privacy.

Although in many ways modern society is more productive because of computers, users must now work toward solving the problems caused by the prevalence of computers. Computers have streamlined office work and factory production and eliminated some occupational hazards because they can handle many repetitive tasks. They have also, however, caused loss of jobs because fewer workers are needed to perform some tasks.

While students have better and easier access to information, the use of computers in schools makes cheating and bullying easier. While relying on computers makes school work easier to read, the benefits of learning new information through handwritten notes are diminished. Likewise, proofreading skills suffer or develop more slowly because it’s easier to rely on spellcheckers and grammar checkers, even though they are often wrong.

The enhanced communication options provided by computers reduces physical interaction. People become more engrossed with cyber interactions and spend less time forging physical bonds. The long hours spent at a computer also brings with it several health risks: people sometimes develop injuries in their wrist, elbows and joints and stand a greater risk of gaining weight.

Theft and invasion of privacy are perhaps the greatest disadvantages of computers. Computers and computer networks are routinely broken into by thieves who steal identity information online, such as driver’s license numbers, bank account and credit card numbers and social security numbers.