What Is The Effect Of Computer On Developing Economy E.g. Nigeria?


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It is widely regarded that the widespread use of computer technology in the workplace is the most effective way of developing an economy, such as Nigeria's. This allows the country to advance more quickly and robustly, so as to compete with other developing nations and catch up with the late-capitalist economies of the West.

The use of spreadsheets and electronic data management increases the efficiency of companies, reducing time in data processing. Effective IT systems make archiving easier and the retrieval of information simpler, compared to paper based systems. The internet is a portal to global communications and business, and as such has opened up previously unobtainable revenue streams. Work still needs to be done however on increasing internet coverage and speeds in more remote areas.

Computers are also being used in schools to help with literacy and numeracy, as well as boosting pupils' future career prospects since computers are more common in the Nigerian (and worldwide) workplace. Studies also indicate that computer users earn between 25-30 per cent a year more than those who cannot use such technology, although any increase in worker productivity is apparently negligible. They are not doing more work but are getting paid more for what they can do.

Outside of economic concerns, the use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is increasing, but the spread of mobile telecommunications has affected and integrated into Nigerian society to a far greater extent.

Also Nollywood (the Nigerian film industry) has taken to the computer industry to produce special effects, as well as editing software - not only reducing film budgets but expanding the possibilities and types of movies produced in Nigeria.

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