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The top most-used computer operating systems these days are Windows, Android, macOS, IOS, and Chrome. All were designed, not to give the user a great operating system for a reasonable price. They were designed by giant corporations to imprison their users in the ecosystems of those giant companies, so as to maximize their profits.


Lately, I've just come right out and told my mother that in order to be an adult in our society at this time, you must know how to use a computer. Computer knowledge is something that adults just have--like a telephone, a place to live, a bank account, taxes and yearly tax filings, a car, and a driver's license. Without these things it is very difficult to function as an adult in our society. I realize that some adults are without one or two of these things from time to time, but that is a temporary condition. [...] Like many other areas of knowledge that adults have, the better you are with computers, the easier your life will be.


Those who are brought up to treasure technology for the wonderful human achievement it is, who are masters of it, will buy and carefully maintain only a few devices. They will understand how they work and be able to repair, re-program and repurpose them as they please. Economic value will shift back toward care, maintenance, support and education. When people buy far less it will of course be a disaster for manufacturing (but not necessarily innovation) and for the FOMO anxiety industry. But we already have far, far, far too much of everything and could quite easily put production on hold for a decade.

A necessary step is sincere and informed rejection of the low-quality rubbish peddled to us by major brands. All of what we really need from electronic technology can be satisfied with less powerful, older and simpler devices. Instead we fall for tricks that make us buy insecure new gadgets because they are designed to spy on us. Clearly less is more, and better choices, or simply not buying more stuff, is our way to better mental health and a cleaner planet.