Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Editorial Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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The art of reading
by Janvl on Wed 17th Feb 2010 14:59 UTC
Janvl
Member since:
2007-02-20

The biggest problem is that people do not read. If one reads what is presented on ones screen, one knows what to do in about 98% of the cases.

Even my mother who is 89 years old re-installed Skype after a problem because it was clearly stated on screen that that would help, I quote "of cause I did that, I can read can't I". She is no academic.

So this has little to do with computers or geeks but with the simple capability to read.

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RE: The art of reading
by jal_ on Wed 17th Feb 2010 15:15 in reply to "The art of reading"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Even my mother who is 89 years old re-installed Skype after a problem because it was clearly stated on screen that that would help


I hate to bring it to you, but an 89-year old who can use a computer, let alone knows what "(re)installing" means and know how to do that, is anything but usual. I have deep respect for her though, that she can do that.

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RE[2]: The art of reading
by aesiamun on Wed 17th Feb 2010 15:23 in reply to "RE: The art of reading"
aesiamun Member since:
2005-06-29

I agree, she is above average on the bell curve. I don't think computers need to be easier, I believe users need more education. I wouldn't want legislation of this, but we don't really let drivers on the road without some form of education, practice ,etc.

I don't think it should be a requirement. The Internet and computers are a tool in everyday life and should be available to everybody...but as proponents of technology, we should also encourage our ignorant loved ones and friends to get some form of education.

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RE: The art of reading
by AnythingButVista on Thu 18th Feb 2010 00:16 in reply to "The art of reading"
AnythingButVista Member since:
2008-08-27

The biggest problem is that people do not read. If one reads what is presented on ones screen, one knows what to do in about 98% of the cases. Even my mother who is 89 years old re-installed Skype after a problem because it was clearly stated on screen that that would help, I quote "of cause I did that, I can read can't I". She is no academic. So this has little to do with computers or geeks but with the simple capability to read.

Unfortunately, today's computer user interfaces focus less and less on reading and writing, and instead encourage users to touch onscreen pictures the way preschool kids do. Computers should not be dumbed down but they shouldn't dumb down users either!

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