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A Cure For Computer Anxiety


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At one time or another, most of us have experienced or heard about computers doing funny things. Some people can become anxious when they contemplate using computers and fear they do not have the knowledge or ability to do so.

Lack of computer experience is one of the most obvious reasons for this anxiety. Using a computer and the Internet requires a certain amount of practice and perseverance. As you acquire more and more knowledge of computers along the way, you will automatically discover how useful using a computer can be in daily life.

A great and easy way to learn to work with computers, tablets and the Internet is by using books from Visual Steps. There are books on different topics, such as Windows, the Mac, iPad, iPhone, social media and photo and video editing. All of these books are written according to the Visual Steps method. An important characteristic of this method is the way in which you receive step-by-step instructions, accompanied by visual aids by means of numerous screenshots. In this way, you will exactly see where to click at each step. Attention is paid to the special needs and requirements of the mature individual. You can take a closer look at some of the features of the concept on the site www.visualsteps.com/method

Misconceptions about the computer and the Internet

Although there are many misconceptions about using a computer, these misunderstandings are often an important cause of fears and objections. Below we have listed a number of frequent misconceptions:

 You need to be technical to be able to use a computer

Not true. It is important to use a good self-instruction book or attend a good basic course.

You need to know how to type well

Not true. It is very easy to correct a text you have written in an e-mail message, or a text editing program, such as Word.

Fear of Pressing the wrong key

Not true. Often, there are lots of security mechanisms in place, which will prevent you from carrying through any major changes without checking this first. For instance, if you accidentally delete a file, the computer will ask for confirmation. If you did not want to delete the file after all, you can click Cancel.

You will always attract viruses and spyware to your computer when you open a website or an e-mail message

Not true. Viruses and spyware are programs that can damage your computer, but using a virus scanner and a firewall program can considerably reduce the risk of viruses and spyware. As a computer user, you are responsible for the security of your computer. You can find additional information in the book Protect, Clean Up and Speed Up Your Computer for SENIORS.

online-catalogIf you want to learn how to use a computer and the Internet, using a Visual Steps book as a guide is an excellent idea. The books are available in bookstores and in many online bookstores as well, such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. To get a quick view of all the Visual Steps books take a look at this online catalog

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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