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September 4, 2019

Is GPS ruining our minds?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 10:58 pm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ditch-the-gps-its-ruining-your-brain/2019/06/05/29a3170e-87af-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_source=pocket-newtab&utm_term=.d22afef6d055

GPS machines are causing us to think less, notice our surroundings less, and calculate less. Sure it is nice to know the most efficient way from point A to point B, but it is also nice to find things ourselves.

Conversely, I think that finding addresses used to be very hard in the old days. I would need a military flashlight at night to find numbers on houses, curbs, or mailboxes. GPS makes it easier to pinpoint what part of a block you are going to.

I guess I personally like GPS a lot because I travel to many cities, and it is hard to have maps to all of those cities. I remember my last trip to Texas and I drove from Los Angeles to Dallas to Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth and then OKC. What a crazy trip. It tired me out. I might do it again but not for a while.

I find that once I have been to a place enough times, I no longer use GPS, even if it is far from home like El Paso. I just learn my way around. The hard part where GPS really helps is cut off streets, weird and unexpected locations for entrances to highways, and what to do when your street is shut down (happens a lot in El Paso.)

I am a map lover, and will always be. GPS or not, we still need to know how to read maps and coordinate our trips the way we want to. Over dependence on technology seems to be a limitation for our own development as a general rule.

As a final note, mobile notaries have enough to deal with, and GPS relieves most of the navigation headache. Back in the old days we had to follow constellations to figure out where the signing was as well as smoke signals. What do you guys think?

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