From the above link:
We hire someone to make our food, make our coffee, wash our clothes, fix our cars, paint our houses, download music on our Mp3 players, program our remote controls and the list goes on. Is this the age of laziness or does no one have the time to learn the things they use on a daily basis? .. We have become a society of people that are an expert at one thing and a complete dullard at everything else.
Well, that's not entirely the case. While "Jack of all trades" may be too much to expect nowadays, not all of us are hopeless blunderers with a single skill set. But it may be true that our skill sets are more narrow than they were in the past. I think my father and grandfather had much broader skills than I do. However, they also had less to learn about any given field. The time investment they might have made to become reasonably competent and knowledgeable in any given area would only make you a dilettante today - life has become more complicated. So it's not that we don't have the intelligence - we may just lack the time.
So part of it is lack of time, but in some areas it is also lack of specialized tools; for example, I used to do my own auto work, but today's vehicles require tools I don't own. I could buy them, or rent them when I need them, but it's just easier to pay someone else.
I think there is also a frustration level that is perhaps related to time. I certainly am capable of understanding an instruction manual that might come with some complex piece of electronic gear, but unless I really, really need whatever features it provides, I just don't want to invest much time in learning about them. No brain drain.
So I don't think it's quite fair to complain about people "too lazy" to learn about their computers. I'm not "too lazy" to learn about high-end stereo or video equipment, I just don't care about the wonderful features that may fascinate someone else. I am a bit more fascinated and entranced by computing, so I am willing to put more effort into learning. But if all I wanted was to use email and browse the web, I wouldn't care about Windows vs. Linux, what swap space is for, etc.
Not everyone has to be interested in computers. For some, they are a means toward other ends only.
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