About ten years ago, the computer in Poland was a novelty and a requisite of modernity. Poland lagged behind other European countries which were already undergoing a computer revolution. Polish people seemed to be conservative and unwilling to innovate. However, times and attitudes e changed.
Since the beginning of the 1990s, computers have been used more and more frequently. Today, many Polish people use them every day. According to recent statistics, every fifteenth Pole has contact with a computer at work. The ability to operate at least some basic computer programmes is a major requirement when applying for a job as an accountant, secretary or an administrative clerk. A lot of older people often have to learn new skills to be able to stay in their jobs.
Access to personal computers is also growing. The number of people who purchase them is gradually increasing. Although today only 2 per cent of Polish families have a computer at home, 8 per cent more are planning to buy one in the nearest future.
Computers in Poland are being increasingly used in numerous walks of life. They are revolutionizing the design, printing, manufacturing, accountancy, banking, telecommunication, energetics, mining industries and the railway system.
Also, the internet is a novelty in Poland.Many analysts believe that the Internet will soon change the whole idea of commerce. They suppose that in the year 2010, about 14 per cent of world trade will be carried on via the Internet. Nowadays, approximately about one third of the Net users do the shopping on a computer. Some companies in the West already specialize in selling products in this system, for example Quelle or Otto. Buying in virtual shops is comfortable (no need to go out, to park a car, or to queue) and cheap (the ordered goods are not stored so their price is lower). What is more, intermarkets offer a greater variety of products than supermarkets. In the United States people even order pizza, and...