We've all heard anecdotes how people these days are too trusting of
the output of computer programs (e.g., spreadsheets,
scientific/engineering simulations) compared to earlier generations of
computing professionals. For example, Joe Marasco writes about the
amount of time devoted to "desk checking" programs in the days of
punchcards in his book "The Software Development Edge".

Does anybody know if there has been any empirical research that shows
that younger computer-using professionals (accountants, scientists,
engineers) really do implicitly trust the output of computer programs
more than experienced computer users? e.g., Is years of computing
experience (or age) a good predictor of skepticism in computing



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