Death by GPS: Why GPS is Not a Common Sense Substitute

January 24th, 2017 by Jennifer Lough

There are few who would advocate driving into Death Valley on a tank of gas and directional intuition. Yet, people drive  into Death Valley on a tank of gas and the directions of a machine notorious for recalculating. We walk into signs and cars and fellow pedestrians because we’re texting and it’s killing us. Literally. So, you ask, how do we combine convenience and common sense without meeting a nasty end? An excellent question.

Studies indicate that GPS reliance actually changes the brain and hurts your ability to navigate. The recommended solution, as you might guess, is to use the GPS less and a map more if you like your spatial reasoning. Read the rest of this entry »