Hoboken GPS spottings July 2013

Hoboken GPS – Making people dumber?

Common Sense with Hoboken GPS units - Hoboken GPS spottings July 2013Continuing the monthly “PSA Photo Gallery,” Hoboken GPS Spottings (a reminder that it is completely moronic to EVER leave your GPS units behind in your vehicles.) No matter what time of day or night, it’s just not a good idea. Like leaving money on the dash!

You ever wonder what happened to spacial awareness? Like actually knowing your way around, in general? Even in a new or strange area?

So many people have these GPS units these days, it kind of scares me. When you have to rely on a robotic voice to tell you when to turn, it just leaves more time for the brain to rot ingesting things like celebrity news and status updates.

Studying maps is a worthwhile hobby in my opinion. Sure, they can be online maps (which can be distracting with the embedded “features,” but also helpful to find businesses or landmarks). But a good ‘ole reliable paper road atlas is a must have. Because one of these days, something will probably go wrong with the whole GPS satellite infrastructure – which will leave millions with no idea of how to get from point A to point B.

Even if you aren’t a directional dummy, it’s still good to “exercise the brain” often just to keep it in shape! Don’t let technology harm you!

About Hoboken GPS spottings

The Hoboken GPS Spotting feature exists, not for the purpose of publicly “shaming” anyone, but rather to raise awareness that it’s not in your best interest to leave items of value in plain sight. If people chose common sense over convenience or carelessness, perhaps we can provide fewer opportunities for petty criminals to get away with an easy grab.

If this feature just saves one person from being victimized, then it’s worth it to me.

What do you prefer? The hassle of filing a police report and fixing your car? Or taking a few seconds of extra time to prevent it?

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Saturday, August 3, 2013 1:29 pm

It doesn’t really matter if you leave your GPS in your car or not. If you’re leaving your car parked outside on the street in Hoboken you obviously don’t care about the car to begin with.

Friday, August 2, 2013 11:53 pm

I hate GPS’ and will never own one unless it comes at part of the car (and I will shut it off). That said…I’ve had many friend coming to visit me from upstate NY who have driven across the GW bridge and back through the Lincoln Tunnel because their GPS told them to as the quickest route. I guess that’s how much faith people have in their GPS.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:58 pm

Probably an evolutionary adaptation from our hunter gatherer roots. The hunters needed spacial reasoning to move across the land and return home with dinner. The people at home needed to recognize friend or foe. This would explain why on average men are noticeably more skilled at map reading, while women on average tend to navigate more with visual cues.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:54 pm

Spacial awareness is not an ability that’s evenly distributed across the population.

When I was in grade school, we were tested in various cognitive subjects and my scores for spacial and abstract reasoning were off the charts, on an otherwise middling results graph. I suspect your scores in those areas were (or would have been) in the same neighborhood.

So imagine my dismay when I encountered people with “average” abilities or less (certain ex-girlfriends in particular) who were abysmally bad at reading maps or similar activities I took for granted as intuitively easy. Yet they clearly were not stupid and could often run circles around me in other areas. (well one or two were true dim bulbs but that’s another story)

Some people DO need (or can benefit greatly from) GPS devices, and many of them will shake their heads in pity at my need for a spell checker or my general clumsiness at a keyboard.

But I will agree on the poor judgement that leads people to leave a GPS unit on their dash. For this the expression…

“Life is cruel and random, and dishes out the lessons we need to learn.”

…comes to mind.

In the grand scheme, it will be an inexpensive lesson.

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