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A no brainer. If you use GPS, you don’t have to think….just blindly follow. You don’t develop the need to figure out where you are, how you got there, landmarks, etc. You just blindly follow the voice….which often takes people into a dangerous area.
We use a map on trips.
Yes. Maybe some elements see computerization as the road to general stupidification.
And that’s all well and good until you take a turn into a traffic jam you didn’t know was there because nothing told you there was construction on that road. Using GPS isn’t an all or nothing thing. If you’re driving by yourself, it’s significantly safer to use GPS than to be cruising along trying to read a map. Automobile accidents can be pretty rough on the brain too. Or pulling over every three turns to see where you’re going next. There’s plenty you can do to keep your brain sharp when you’re not driving. Do brain puzzles, read, etc. Just saying you’ll use road maps to stave off dementia is like saying you’ll quit eating Hershey’s Kisses to avoid diabetes. There’s a bit more to it than that.
Even across a big city – for years I was that guy closing streets (at 6 AM Saturdays) for just five hours during an advertised and legally permitted fund-raising run event in Dallas. Dozens of drivers would have temper tantrums because their GPS led them right into dead ends and barricades, and even traffic citations, because they would not read our signs and follow advice on simple alternate routes.
I’ve never used GPS. It’s another electronic gadget that can be hacked and controlled from outside.
LOL. That’s retarded.
I did orienteering in college as part of R.O.T.C. It definitely honed my directional skills and spatial awareness.
I live in upstate NY can you recommend a group nearby which offers an orienteering course or know of any website I could contact for info?
[gen XYZ] Are you suggesting that the human brain may be “use it or lose it”?
My dad used the old Hudson maps all the time in Minneapolis-St.Paul area. He still died of Alzheimer’s disease.
How can I easily forward this article to my grandkids?
Okay, Captain Obvious.
It might be for some folks, that have that type of configuration in their brains. My wife doesn’t have a good sense of direction, and as she is now near 70, she shows no cognitive decline. She was a computer programmer/analyst and a quite successful one. Math and logic, and the design of systems frankly would also reduce cognitive decline if she is an example. Of course, she is now retired, but makes quilts, a fairly challenging hobby.
Fine, except when you try to memorize 21 turns to get thru a big city, screw it up, and find yourself trying to do a U-turn across a 6 lane highway.
If those under 40 don’t have GPS on their phones, how will they ever find their bathroom?
I use Waze to navigate my kitchen to find my gas stove.
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Darn, I have a built-in, biological GPS and need neither maps nor the electronic kind, What my future? If I have one.
So having to deal with reader glasses. After cataract surgery no need for bifocals.
Looking away from the road.
No traffic ahead info.
No fastest routing info.
No verbal cues for turns or conditions ahead.
I think I’ll stick with the GPS.
On some trip I use two GPS mapping system. The in-car and iPhone. The in-car does not have conditions ahead, etc.
I wouldn’t even know where to pick up a map anymore. They used to be in racks at gas stations. Where are they today?
Truck stops are the best place to find them. They have everything! I buy a new atlas about every 5-7 years, and I also buy the large books for my individual state and any that I frequent.
They break things down by county and grid to get the detail that a typical state map can’t give.
The only time I use gps is going offshore,I don’t like to be lost out there. But when we travel by car it’s fun to get lost sometimes. Now where did I put my keys?
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