Forget the GPS, let’s switch to manual
So inversely, do GPS devices make the brain lazy? Yes, because “like every muscle, the one which allows us to navigate softens and shrinks if we don’t use it,” mischievously explains Gédéon de Biyanvrac.
Is the millimetric guidance of Waze or Google Maps making us as dumb? What if, for once, we were to leave our screens in our pockets and make the effort to memorising the streets we most often use, of inventing different routes to entertain our neurons (such as desire lines).
In fact, to follow up on my point, I would add that Nicholas Carr (an American critic of digitalisation and author of the bestseller “Is Internet making us stupid?”), believes that “the automation of society is a glass cage, a comfortable trap.” He warns that, from smartphones to Sat Navs, machines give us the illusion of more freedom, when in fact they deprive us of the intrinsic challenges of our existence. So let us get out heads straight and get back on track. If pedalling increases muscle volume, it oxygenates our neurons and, as we now know, reinflates our hippocampus!