How High-Tech Navigation And Old-Fashioned Maps Can Make A Difference Between Life And Death

When you believe that digital voice more than your own beliefs you are in trouble

Claudia Brose

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

In a world where technology is freeing you from having to think too much for yourself, people bury their common sense and observation skills in the closet.

We are overwhelmed by too much everything, so we happily reach out to anything that helps us to lessen the burden on our brain and shortcut our daily duties.

People have more faith in technology than in themselves. Paying attention to ourselves and our surroundings is a vital skill that modern technology often compromises.

Every invention that made our daily lives or work easier we embraced and celebrated, from the wheel to electricity, from online maps to apps that count our steps we make each day.

Don’t get me wrong. I think we can all agree that technology has made modern life more convenient and comfortable. No question. What we can accomplish with today’s technology would have amazed anyone just thirty or even twenty years ago.

But you should get worried if you can’t find your way anymore by using the simple tool of asking other human beings around you after your smartphone is MIA. You should get worried if you ditch your common sense for orders given to you by a machine voice.

You want to rethink the balance between tech support and accepting your own perception and common sense.

Understanding The Tangible World Around You

I still wonder how I found my way in Venice fifteen years ago, navigating the narrow alleyways, endless canals, and crossing bridges fifty times a day, all without staring at Google Maps leading me through that insane maze of this city on the water.

But I am equally amazed at how travelers blindly trust their GPS and faithfully follow with their cars the instructions leading them straight to the edge of a cliff or down into a bay. And they follow. Rather than driving with care and attention, they switch off their brains and believe the digital voice leading them. All the way through to the bitter end…

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Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush claudiabrose.substack.com