With horrible traffic in The Philippines giving drivers challenges to find the best way to go around the metro it seems that GPS and Smartphones are best tool use. While GPS devices and navigation apps make it easier to get around, they can also inhibit your natural sense of direction if you rely on them too much. If your goal is to be a master navigator of a certain area, you need to put your smartphones away.

Dr. Brendan Kelley, a neurologist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explained to Christopher Mele at The New York Times that GPS devices and smartphones act as mental crutches. Basically, the more you rely on GPS the less likely you are to actually learn the area and be able to navigate it on your own. GPS might get you somewhere faster, but if you didn’t have it, you’d probably be completely lost.

Studies show that people who used GPS while on foot drew far less accurate maps of the routes they had to take. And another study proved that traditional maps instead of GPS makes it more likely that you’ll remember important navigational landmarks. To cut this short, looking at screens to show you the way distracts you to determine the landmarks that you’ll have to remember when driving around.

So, if you want to improve your sense of direction, why not stop looking at your smartphone screen and pay more attention to the surroundings that you’re taking. Learn to live without GPS, if you really need to do so, use the app first and determine your route and put it away when you’re driving.

 

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