When you try to convince your parents to buy you a PC, decide what kind of PC you want and why. You will have to know how and why you are going to use it. Before asking your parents, make sure to know the price of the computer that you want.
In this article, I am going to provide you with detailed information that will help you and your parents reach a good decision. I will talk about the many (and right) reasons behind the decision to buy a PC so that your mum and dad will understand how crucial it is for you to get a computer. They will be willing to contribute to such vital improvements in your life, you just have to make them understand some of the many benefits. Also, I will give you some practical food for thought, because, in the end, you want to get the best bang for your buck, even though it is your parent's money!
Being Computer Literate Is Essential
I think that, in today's society and labor market, the more computer literacy you have, the better. And this applies to all categories of jobs because a computer is always involved. You can tell your parents that you do not know yet which profession you will choose, but that you want to have the right tools and skills to be able to do whatever you want in the future. It is essential to know the basics about PC systems and the most used software bundles, such as Microsoft Office or Google Suite.
The Earlier You Learn, the Better
This is another very important reason. If I had to convince my parents to buy me a computer, I would probably tell them that the reason why this kind of purchase cannot be delayed is that it is much easier to learn when you are young. That is hopefully something that they can relate to, as they probably already know how much harder it can be to study (and learn new things) when you are in your twenties or thirties.
Homework and School Projects
Most of today's schools and universities require the use of a PC. And that is not just related to the scientific realm, but also in other subjects, such as history, literature, and social sciences. The use of a PC will make it easier to conduct research for a school project, or complete a great presentation, using the right software on your PC.
Communication With Tutors, Teachers, and Peers
Your parents should be aware that most of the communication channels are now based on email and chat, and that includes communication between student and teacher. Managing this communication on a mobile phone can be challenging. The screen is smaller, archives may be harder to organize, and that will make it difficult to retrieve all of the information available to you. A PC, with its neat folder architecture, will solve this problem. Learning how to be organized early in life is a huge bonus.
Your School May Have to Give Online Classes
I would also put forward that, as we all now know, in some circumstances, your school may have to switch to online learning. If you already own a PC, and you know how to use it, you will be prepared. A good PC is often so much better than a school-provided computer, you would know exactly what I am talking about if you ever had one.
Online Vocational Courses or Hobbies
With a PC, you will be able to access a large number of online classes; music, arts and crafts, foreign languages, and even sports. All you need is a stable internet connection and a PC. Some of these courses require a subscription, but others are entirely free. Learning has never been easier, you just have to have the right tools, such as a PC.
A PC Will Improve Your Typing Skills
How many words can you type per minute? Believe it or not, this is one of the questions that employers make when hiring an entry-level office worker. Typing skills, such as speed and accuracy, are essential at school and in the workplace.
When speaking with my parents about buying me a PC, I would lay forward this argument. Typing needs practice, and practice needs time. The earlier you start, the better. Knowing how to type text and shortcuts on a computer keyboard will lead you to achieve your goals faster, whatever they might be.
Stay Connected With Friends
Even if this is probably not your parents' top priority, you should let them know how crucial it is for you to stay connected with your friends through social media. With a PC, it will be easier to chat, exchange files, and your time management will improve. It is not always possible (or safe for that matter) to go out, especially late at night, so you will be able to attend concerts or events in total remote mode, on social media platforms such as YouTube. While this is possible on your mobile phone, it is just not the same thing as on a PC.
You Can Play PC Games
Instead of buying expensive gaming consoles, a PC gives you access to an almost unlimited number of games that you can play online with other gamers around the world. Some of the most popular PC games, such as League of Legends or Fortnite, are entirely free to download. You will only have to pay if you want to upgrade your character. Therefore, a PC gives you the freedom to enjoy the entertainment you deserve without having to invest a fortune. I would say that is a big plus!
The fact that you can play games might not the top priority of your parents', but if you have to be able to play games, the fact that this makes it cheaper might just be.
Include Your Parents in the Decision Process
Talk to your parents and explain to them your needs. Describe to them technical issues that you may encounter if you do not own a PC. Illustrate the various components of a PC, their name, and function. Your parents will know what a monitor and a keyboard are but may not be at ease with components such as graphic cards, SSDs, ports, or CPUs. If these concepts are entirely new to them, use simple words. Always refrain from telling them that they "would not understand." If you find the right way to explain, they will perfectly understand.
Remember that by expecting them to listen to you, you have to do the same thing with them. Listen to their point of view, think about it, and answer when you know exactly what to say. Do not cause an unnecessary argument that makes them connect arguing and other negative thoughts on the topic of PC.
Suggest, But Do Not Be Too Demanding
When you live with your parents, you are probably aware of their financial resources. You may not know detailed information about their personal savings or salary, but I am sure you have a clear picture of your situation in terms of wealth. That is why, especially in some instances, you should always consider that buying a PC may be a tough thing to afford for some families, while for others, it is an affordable expense. Generally speaking, even if your parents are well off, just make sure you never forget it is their money we are talking about. So, always be kind and take into account that if they understand your needs, they will do everything in their powers to make you happy.
I know, not being able to afford something sucks. However, make sure that you do not get mad at them because of it. Tell them that you really want this PC, but that you understand if it is not something that they can afford right now.
Search for Deals on PCs, Software Bundles, and Accessories
On the web, you can find exciting deals and discounts on PCs and PC related products. Needless to say, special seasonal sales, such as Black Friday, give you access to reduced prices. Just to give you an example, if I had to buy a PC, I would probably have a look at the Acer Aspire TC-895-UA92 Desktop, which comes with a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10400 6-Core Processor, and pre-installed Windows 10 Home.
There are even cost-effective bundles available, such as PC and components, PC and software, or keyboard, mouse, and headphones. If you are passionate about gaming, it is best to get a PC that can handle the graphics and the required speed, such as the iBuypower Gaming, which features the NVIDIA GeForce card. The graphic card is very important when it comes to gaming, editing video, or any task that relates to graphics.
Study and Prepare Before Asking Your Parents
Find the right moment to talk to your parents. It is not a good idea to start a conversation if they are busy with work or household tasks. If you can I would suggest waiting for the weekend, because on weeknights they may be too tired to pay attention to new technical stuff that they never heard about since it demands a lot of thinking. Tell them you have to ask them something that is very important to you.
Prepare a list with some of the most important reasons as to why you need a PC. You can use this article, but you can also write down your own ideas and personal thoughts. Answer the question "Why do I need a PC?" to the best of your ability. If there is an answer you can not give straight away, tell them you will gather information, and that you will brief them as soon as possible. This gives them a much better impression of the idea compared to guessing.
A PC is a definite must-have. There are many reasons to convince your parents to buy a PC; educational needs, cheap gaming, entertainment options, and, more generally, the improvement of various skills related to computer literacy, such as typing.
Your parents might be willing to invest some money in a PC, especially when they recognize the value that it can add to your life. For the best deals, search on the internet. You can go for new products, such as the Dell OptiPlex 5070, with an Intel Core i7-9700 and other unique features.
There are even exciting bundles for reconditioned PCs, such as the HP Elite Desktop, stacked with an Intel Core i5 3.1-GHz, which comes with a 19 inch LCD monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Find the right moment to talk to your parents, be kind and, if you will have to wait a while before your PC finally sits on your desk, realize that it is much better than no PC at all. One last thing; once you finally get your PC, do not forget to thank them!