Friday, January 26, 2007

Map reading skills are redundant

I’ve spoken before about the ridiculousness of people who drive into rivers and construction sites because their GPS enabled in-car navigators told them to.  Are we becoming a culture of technology-blind idiots, completely relying on computers to think for us in certain circumstances?

      About 20 per cent of respondents to a Nickelodeon survey of adults and children think that map reading is a redundant skill, the New York Daily News reports, putting map reading in the same category as spelling and using a dictionary (and presumably basic arithmetic thanks to calculators) - skills that lazy people think technology makes redundant. If you were wondering how otherwise sensible people can drive off cliffs, now you know.

Apparently so.

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