The misuse of computers?

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Look at this, you wait ages for a blog entry to come from me, and then two come at once - just like London buses!

We were at some friends' house last night for dinner and the conversation came round to why do we need computers? Bit like Monty Python, what have they ever done for us? And a bit like Monty Python, I listed a series of things that computers enable, which make our lives easier.

However, where the conversation was really going is that computers are often used for things, where frankly we would be a lot better off without them, e.g.

  • Games consoles - sorry, should be banned. Kids sitting in their bedrooms playing computer games is a dreadful idea - get out in the fresh you fat lazy gits. (By the way, I would like to start a T-shirt company with "YRU So Fat?" written on the shirts - any backers?)
  • Similarly any sport on a games console is a bad idea - go outside and kick/hit a ball.
  • Twitter is to me a total waste of space. I have absolutely no interest in the lives of celebrities. They are no more important than I am and I do not wish to know about their every bowel movement.
  • Facebook ditto. What's wrong with conversation?
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices should be surgically removed from children at least one day a week so that they learn how to function without them and master the art of social interaction. 
  • Spelling and punctuation should be mandatory subjects; no-one seems to be able to spell or punctuate today and when they rely on spell-check, they still get it wrong.
On a more serious note, just because something can be done by computers doesn't mean it must be. There may be a far more sensible and cost-effective way of doing it. 

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