Technology can be a dangerous crutch

Boat GPS
Boat GPS

I will admit to loving GPS systems.  Well I love all of them except the one on my wife’s Toyota Avalon.  Even the passenger cannot use it when the car is moving.

My experience with GPS systems dates back to my second Acura MDX.  My first MDX was still running strong with just over 75K miles on it.

We made a service trip to the dealer, and I drove a new one with a GPS.  I was hooked.

When we bought our skiff, we got a GPS with it.  It has been indispensable at helping us make our way safely up and down the White Oak River.

Yet it wasn’t too long after I started using my first GPS that I realized it was very hard to get the big picture on a GPS.

We once took a trip to Greenville, NC and strictly followed our GPS, it took at least an hour longer than the route we got from some people who often made the trip.

We had some clients show up recently, their GPS had cost them at least a couple of hours.

After using our boat for a while, I realized that it was important to memorize landmarks because the GPS could break during a trip.

One day it stopped working, and I was grateful that I had in my mind landmarks that would make the route home easy.

Technology is wonderful, but it is even better if you don’t let it take over all the decisions.  Don’t make technology the answer to everything.

Many times it pays to talk to experienced people and use their opinions to balance what your latest gadget is telling you.

Author: ocracokewaves

An escapee from the world of selling technology, now living on North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks where life revolves around sun, sand, and water. I work at WideOpen Networks helping communities get fiber to their homes. In my spare time I am a photographer, writer, boater, fisherman, kayaker, swimmer, and walker of the beaches.

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