After 8+ years with Linux, this is my (humble) opinion: Linux is ALWAYS a learning and experimentation process. If this does not sound interesting and like fun to you, well, Linux can still accomodate you. In my opinion do NOT start with a distro that requires you to configure everything, such as Debian, Arch and many others, they are all great distros, for LATER.
Step 1: Start with Linux Mint, probably the 64 bit (depends on your machine) Mate desktop. Why? lots of users, good forum, your questions are all documented, just google your question, you WILL find the answer easily. This is your stable new platform, not too much experimantation there. Are you happy, probably, leave well enough alone.
This does not mean that there are no other distros that will give you excellent results, but this is a tried and proven to work approach.
Now you work with it, and get all the things working, webcam, printer, skype etc.
Step2: For the ones that try to do the same with different distros: install the Linux Mint Debian version, LMDE. Same approach, get everything working, get the terminology, the issues, the principle, resolve all issues.
Put the home directory on a separate partition, learn how to install a different linux version, mount your existing home partition and so forth.
Step3: Debian is a platform that has become a standard worldwide. Go and install wheezy! Now you are really hooked, Linux will never cease to interest you now.
Happy long nights, with toothpicks in your eyelids.