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Want to Take the Mystery Out of Technology – Read the Manual

It is terrific to know that you can take the mystery out of your technology if you read the manual. I am an intelligent woman. I do not say this to brag or out of pride. I say it because it is a fact. Many intelligent women like me, have a problem with our technology. The problem is that we refuse to read the manuals that come with our technology BEFORE we use the technology.

There are many reasons why we do not read the manual in advance including:– we think we know how the thing works

– we have had an item like this one and think we know it all
– we think “how hard can it be?”

– we want to start playing with our new toys right away I have manuals for my all my tablets, my e-reader, my smartphone, my laptop and all my other pieces of technology. In the past, I only read the manuals when there was a problem I couldn’t figure out on my own. However, recently, I tried something new. I started reading my manuals before I started playing with my new technology. It has been a fun and interesting experience. I learned several features my e-reader had that I did not know it had.  I learned ways to save battery, how the lighting could be optimized and how to better organize my growing book collection. When I read the manual for my camera I learned to take better photographs and lots of features that I never thought of using that would make my photos better.

In the process of reading the manuals, I have learned a lot about my technology and myself. The satisfaction I obtain from the delayed satisfaction of using the technology is more than made up for with the satisfaction I get from learning to use my technology better and more efficiently.In conclusion, it is terrific to know that you can take the mystery out of your technology by reading the manual. So, in conclusion, the question for you this terrific day is how many manuals have you ignored?

Janeane Davis

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  • Very interesting point of view on the issue. I like the fact that you have candidly accepted the excitement we all feel on receiving a new gadget! and yes any form of reading can always make us better informed about any topic and so is the case with such manuals :)


  • The reason I don't read the manual is because the manual is sometime more confusing then just figuring out how the thing works. Better technical writers would help. Maybe they should have someone read the manual who knows nothing about the technology involved and try to figure out if the manual is practical

    • That is a great idea. I tell my children when they write reports they should write them as if the person who will get the report has never anything about the topic. That way they have to explain everything. That would work well with manuals for our technology.

  • I never read the manuals and then I spend an hour yelling at something because it's not working right lol!

    • It seems like you have found the happy medium between the two ends of the spectrum.

  • I usually get started with the manual, play around with the device and then go back to the manual again!

    • This thing - reading manuals in advance is new to me. Perhaps i will write an update in a few months to see if it really makes a long term difference in my life! hahahaha

  • I almost never read the manuals, unless I run into a problem!

    • I was like that, I never read them until I couldn't figure things out. But, I will admit since I started reading them, I am learning to use my stuff better and avoiding problems.

  • hahahah I bet you wrote this post JUST for ME...loll... caught me. I never ever use the manual or even check it out... and have to admit, sometimes I really should instead of spending 30 minutes trying to figure something out... YEah I will remember your post from now on and read the manual; thanks for sharing

    • I am glad you saw yourself here, I need the company. Today I actually Googled the manual to a camera I have had for two years and fuond out about a great two great "new" features!

  • I always read the manuals. It really does make a big difference. My husband never does, and he ends up asking me hundreds of questions about things that really would be really simple...if he had just read the manual. It is a conversation we have had many times.

    • Tracie, you are a wise woman! You seem to know what i had to learn the hard way.

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