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Computers: a blessing or a curse

Updated on March 30, 2008
 

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.

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      naitek 11 months ago

      computer is a curse

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      unique uncule 22 months ago

      Computer is madarchod

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      Samuel 2 years ago

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

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      Nikita 2 years ago

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

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      dbhfvhhv 2 years ago

      I asked for good thing not questions about it.

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      pre 3 years ago

      I think its a curse because of cyber bullying

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      Heluigumbe 3 years ago

      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.

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      3 years ago

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      XSX-SHEIKH 4 years ago

      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..........

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      notbad 4 years ago

      not bad

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      rock star 4 years ago

      i think that it is a blessing

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      CC 4 years ago

      I think its a curse

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      saba asif 4 years ago

      very very nice

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      ak 4 years ago

      depends upon us

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      anwesha 4 years ago

      it is up 2 u how u use it..

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      auriana 4 years ago

      tremendous info

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      liyaa 4 years ago

      computer is really a blessing

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      Jiya 4 years ago

      Computers are useful but in a limit

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      Jiya 4 years ago

      Computer is a blessing & curse too

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      unknown 4 years ago

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

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      raja 4 years ago

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

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      ABDULAZIZ IBRAHIM 5 years ago

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

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      aliya 5 years ago

      nice

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      soame 5 years ago

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

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      Omofelifrance 5 years ago

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

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      Nokwakhe Dlamini SD 5 years ago

      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!

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      muneeb 0312-4991617) 5 years ago

      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!!!

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      muneeb903124991617) 5 years ago

      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!!!

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      nomen pinto 5 years ago

      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!!!

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      nomen pinto 5 years ago

      ffgfgfg

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      petra 5 years ago

      hiiiiiiiii.......... nothing about curse????????????????

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      amna 5 years ago

      it is a blessing because it improves our knoldge

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      nav 5 years ago

      it is blessing

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      Anu 5 years ago

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

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      t.i 5 years ago

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

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      azra 5 years ago

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

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      kiran Iqbal 6 years ago

      Its upto human being, whether they are used in blessing or curse

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      Joel friday 6 years ago

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

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      vaishnavi  6 years ago

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

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      Nikhil Sarda 6 years ago

      computer is a blessing

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      mehwish  6 years ago

      this is really good ilike this

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      smita mishra 6 years ago

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

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      Jay Usher 9 years ago

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

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      trish1048 9 years ago

      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