Today, computers are no longer specialized tools used only by scientists or engineers. They do not hum behind sealed, glass walls in climate-controlled environments. Computer systems are everywhere—in places you cannot see or would not expect to find them. They are a fact of life, a common thread that ties together our education, work, and home life
With computers touching nearly every facet of our lives, the issue of computer literacy becomes important. But what is computer literacy, and why is it so crucial? Why should you spend your time and energy studying books like this one, and becoming "computer literate"?
Technically, to be "literate" in a subject means to have knowledge of that subject. You understand its basic terms and concepts. As an example, consider driving a car. If you have a driver’s license, then you are literate in driving-related terms and you understand the rules of the road. You were not born with such knowledge or abilities, but it may be hard to imagine living without them today.
Someday, perhaps sooner than you think, you may not be able to imagine living without computer skills. Consider the fact that computers are an essential part of business today, whether you are an auto mechanic or a surgeon, a journalist or an airline pilot. Like the cars that take us to work each day, we rely on computers more with each passing year. If you do not use a computer regularly, chances are great that you will soon.
How will you benefit from computer literacy?
• Increased Employability. If you have basic computer knowledge along with specific job skills, employers will consider you more trainable in and adaptable to the computerized work environment.
• Greater Earnings Potential. As you increase your computer skills, you become a more valuable worker, especially if you focus on high-tech skills such as programming, network administration, or hardware maintenance. However, you do not have to become a computer expert to increase...