It's not just instant gratification... I wanted to be a Chemist but they were hiring foreign PHD for 35K a year to work in the hood next to me I saw the writing on the wall. Just wanted enough income to buy a house and support a family so switched to computers.
Hogwash. 'Math isn't for girls' maybe was something she was telling hereself, or maybe her friends were telling her this. I distinctly remember girls outperforming us guys in advanced math classes back in the 80s. Who has been telling girls this (other than other girls?).
While I agree there will always be possibility of issues with updates, it's difficult to believe it's contribution costs 3x more than a mac. I'm having a hard time remembering personally experiencing any significant issues with 20 years experience.