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Jewish World Review January 25, 2008 / 17 Shevat 5768

High-tech world dumbs us down

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The more computers do for me, the less I do for myself.

Our son and his wife purchased one of those cool GPS systems for their car. They gave us a demo by slapping it on our dashboard and plugging it into the cigarette lighter. A voice prompt, along with a little yellow arrow on a small computer screen, showed exactly where to go.

I want one. I could use one.

Yet, if we get one, there goes another portion of my brain into the deep, dark abyss never to be seen again.

As it is now, I don't have to do math because I have a calculator. I don't have to balance the checkbook because I have on-line banking. I don't have to remember there is a "double c" and "double m" in accommodate because I have spell check.

I don't have to memorize the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address or the words to the national anthem because I have Google.

And now I don't have to watch where I'm going because there is GPS on the dashboard. Smart technology, dumb me.

I am marveling at this little contraption, thinking how I would never again have to worry about clouds obscuring the sun so I can tell if I am headed east or west, when all of a sudden the husband says, "Yeah, GPS is nice all right, but when you have one of those, you lose all the fun of getting lost."

It is like an out-of-body experience. "Excuse me, when have we had fun getting lost?" I ask.

"Oh, you know, here and there, back roads."

"You don't mean last week when we went to the Sheltons'?"

"Yeah, that was fun, taking that little scenic route."

"We were one cul-de-sac off," I say. "I have no recollection of us ever having fun getting lost."

"Really?" he says. He sounds sincere as though we are those people in commercials who veer off highways, drive through canyons, honk at mountain goats, splash two tires in the surf and leave tire tracks in the sand.

Maybe he has us mixed up with that couple in the luxury sedan aimlessly cruising down a two-lane highway lined with towering firs. The man is enjoying the ride and the woman with beautiful hair and perfect makeup is asleep in the passenger seat. Her mouth is not hanging open and drool is not pooling in the corner of it.

We are not those people.

"You are confused," I say. "We have never had fun being lost. The only thing we have had being lost is tension, frustration and me crumpling a 16-fold map into a paper wad. Trust me, I'd remember."

He suddenly recalls a time I got turned around in a McDonald's parking lot due to construction. Caught in a maze of one-ways, I called him from two states away to Mapquest where I was.

"That was not fun," I snap.

"I rather enjoyed it," he says. He concedes that my sense of direction, or lack thereof, may warrant checking into one of these contraptions.

By the way, the voice on the GPS device giving directions to the driver is distinctly female. Now that's a woman who sounds like she's having fun.

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