The computer is considered by many to be one of the greatest inventions in human history and perhaps they are. Computers have in many ways improved our daily lives and brought changes to virtually every facet of human existence. The way we work, play, and communicate with each other has changed drastically because of computers and they are likely to continue to play a prominent role in our world for quite some time. Yes, computers are definitely useful, but they have their share of problems and the following list discusses some of them.
10. They need electricity
Computers are a great tool and have so many uses that it can be a bit mind boggling. However, one of the biggest problems with computers is that they require some form of electricity to work. While lap tops answer this problem a little bit, even they have a limited functionality when there is not a source of power nearby. True, electricity is not a real issue in most of the developed world but it only takes a power outage at the wrong time to ruin a day’s work and this can definitely be annoying.
9. They can shut Down without Warning
This issue relates a bit to the fact that electricity can suddenly go out but computers shut down for a whole list of reasons of which lack of electricity is only one. Everyone who uses computers frequently has had a time when they were working on something important when the computer suddenly decided it needed to shut down for some reason. The reason the computer decided to shut down doesn’t really matter when you lose all the work you had been working on. While most operating systems do have built in save features for this problem, they don’t always work.
8. Computers can be Addictive
When someone speaks of addiction most people naturally think of drugs. What many people are not aware of is that computer addiction is a growing problem in not only th U.S. but the world. More and more people are spending more and more time on their computers and this isn’t likely to stop any time soon. The addiction issue isn’t just about video games either, there are people who spend every waking moment on their computer without ever touching a single game.
7. Computers Change to Fast
Computers are constantly changing the way they work and how they do that work. Most of the time the average user won’t notice these changes but the ones they do notice can be very annoying indeed. It wasn’t that long ago that every computer came with a small drive that was called a floppy drive and it wasn’t really that long ago that floppy disks were actually floppy. While the major changes most users notice are generally for the better, it can take time for people to adjust to these changes.
6. Software Issues
Everyone has had the experience of buying new software and then when they got home it didn’t work. Most of us have banged our heads in frustration as we tried in vain to figure out why. Finally we gave up and called customer service and most of the time they couldn’t help us and so we head back to the store and find out that they don’t refund software programs. Software issues are getting less common but they are still one of the most annoying things anyone has had to deal with.
5. Hardware Issues
Along with software issues hardware issues are enough to drive even the calmest person to the brink of throwing their computer across the room in a fit of rage. While the annoying thing about software is that it doesn’t work and can be a pain to get working, hardware issues can mean your computer doesn’t work at all. For many of us a hardware problem can be the same as having a completely broken computer. Thankfully however there are people who do know how to fix most hardware issues and while it costs money having a computer fixed is generally less expensive than buying a new computer.
4. Computers Break to Easy
No one expects a computer to take a bullet and still keep on working, but most of us do expect the computer to keep working even if it’s been banged around a bit. Computers are not near as sensitive as they used to be when having a little too much static built up could fry one, but they still are to easy to mess up. Anyone with kids knows that all it takes is a drink being spilled (even with the no drinks at the computer rule) for a computer to become useless, and more than one person who has been rushing to work has dropped their computer and had it break that way. Computers will never be indestructible but it would be nice if they could take a bit of abuse without breaking.
Almost every computer user on the planet lives in fear of the fact that at any moment their computer can be attacked by a virus. Whether the virus in question is a fairly harmless adware program that you installed on accident or a truly malicious piece of software that steals personal information, viruses are a major problem all over the world. Computer viruses cost billions of dollars every year and it is unlikely there will ever be a virus proof computer ever made. There are steps you can take to protect yourself against viruses but there are times no matter what you do, your computer winds up with one.
2. Computers are Obsolete the Moment you buy them.
There may be nothing more annoying to a computer user than to go out and spend a large sum of money on a computer only to find out a month later that there are already computers twice as good as the one they bought. This may be a bit of exaggeration, but that tis exactly how it feels to millions of users all over the world. While we want computers to keep improving and performing better, it can be a bit annoying to spend a lot of money on a machine only to feel like you need to replace it in six months.
1. They create more work
There is a myth out there that computers save time and increase productivity. Anyone who uses a computer on a daily basis knows that this statement is absolutely not true. Since computers have become commonplace at both work and home it seems like we are being asked to do more by our employers and families and all of this is because of the computer. Sure, computers do a lot to make our lives easier and allow us to get more done, but there is something to be said about being able to relax at home without having to answer your bosses email.