My GPS is Scrambling My Brain
Published on August 18, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about how my GPS can be helpful ... but also not helpful.

Here's an excerpt:

"When my parents got me a GPS for Christmas, I responded with skepticism.

I decried society’s increasing reliance on electronic gadgets to perform basic tasks, and bemoaned the fact that I would never get lost again. I forwarded them an article about a Belgian woman who accidentally drove 900 miles to Croatia thanks to a GPS error; though her destination was only about 90 miles away, she drove for two days, slept by the side of the road and got into a minor accident.

But when my irritation finally wore off, I found that my GPS was pretty useful. On my road trip in April, I used it to guide my journey from New York to Alabama, and whenever I travel to an unknown destination, I plug it in and wait for its soothing robotic voice to give me directions.

Because I am not an early adopter of new technology, many of my friends have responded to my use of the GPS as if praising a precocious child.

'Well, look at you!' my friend Monica exclaimed, when I plugged it in for our drive to Mass MoCA’s Solid Sound music festival back in June. She then recalled her harrowing late-night drive home from Solid Sound two years ago, which involved getting lost on the steep and windy back roads of western Massachusetts at 1 a.m. and taking an unorthodox route back to the Capital Region through towns such as Voorheesville and West Sand Lake.

'A GPS would have prevented that,' she noted."

Click here to read the whole thing.


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