Oct 11th, 2011 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Misconceptions about Computers and the Internet

Although seniors have 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. Senior citizens need to attend a good basic course or use a good self-instruction book. A lot of seniors who regularly send e-mails or surf the Internet have no technical knowledge whatsoever. By self-instruction or by attending a course they have learned the basics in how to use a computer.

  • You need to know how to type well

Not true. Expressing a sentence is often more time-consuming than typing the sentence. It is very easy to correct a text you have written in an e-mail message, or a text editing program, such as Word. Besides, not many people will pay attention to typos when they are reading an e-mail message.

  • 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 can get hooked on using the computer

Not true. For most people, the computer and the Internet are pleasant additions to their life.

  • 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. For example, you can often set a security level in your Internet browser, with regard to the Internet’s access to your computer. Is the sender of an e-mail message unknown and do you mistrust the message? Then do not open the message and delete it at once.

You can find additional information in the book Protect, Clean Up and Speed Up Your Computer for SENIORS. More information about Visual Steps books can be found at

Help for Seniors Learning to Use Computers

If you want to learn how to use a computer and the Internet, using a Visual Steps book as a guide is an excellent idea. Visual Steps Publishing develops practical and accessible computer handbooks, user guides and other instructional materials for the older person. They are dedicated to helping individuals over the age of 50 participate in the cyber-age.

The Visual Steps Concept is geared for the mature reader.  Some of the features include:

  • Allows you to start right away learning in a friendly, fun, hands-on manner.
  • Uses a larger print format that is easier on the eyes.
  • Contains easy to understand, visually oriented, step by step instructions.
  • Has an extensive use of screen shots and illustrations.
  • Features practical, useful information, tips and helpful hints.
  • Offers special help topics for do-it-yourself error correcting.
  • Includes follow-up exercises to reinforce your new skills and increase your confidence.
  • Offers an extensive index.

The Visual Steps books are available in bookstores across the fifty states and through online retailers. If a particular title is not available at your local book store, ask to have them place an order for you.

Grateful thanks to Visual Steps for authoring this post.

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