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How to quit your GPS addiction and dependence?

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Wrong way sign GPS is a great invention. It allows you to easily discover where you are and how to get from A to B. But I started to wonder… Maybe it’s a little bit too great…

Did it ever happen to you that you’ve reached your destination but you actually didn’t have a clue where you were and you wouldn’t be able to get there again without your sat nav? Within just a few years satellite navigation systems made a half of human population totally dependent from itself.

According to research human brain uses visual snapshots of new places to create a mental map of new unchartered locations. London cab drivers manage to memorize names and figure out directions to more than 25,000 streets. And so can each of us. The research shows that using GPS makes drivers detached from the environment around them. And it’s actually logical, if instead of looking round we focus on following a flashing arrow we are not creating the cognitive map of new neighbourhoods and thus we’re not likely to learn almost nothing about the way we have just driven.

But we are not lost yet… We have prepared for you a couple of tips that will allow you to save yourself from spatial orientation illiteracy. We don’t want you to stop using location-based apps because they are awesome but we want you to keep and practice your natural abilities to find our way around.

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1. Memorize route before you leave

Instead of blindly following your sat nav on your way, check for directions and traffic before you leave. Try to memorize the route, remember characteristic points along the way, and key street names. When driving try to visualise yourself on the map. If you need check the route on your way but try to minimise it.

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I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.

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