Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Social Issues

GPS Generation

See also

When I was a child, my mother would experience great angst over the art of direction. She has always been geographically challenged (at trait which, unfortunately, I inherited) and couldn't understand how people got places using sub-par directions. She gave excellent directions, and taught me to do the same...

I remember the exact day we realized direction problems were almost obsolete. Mapquest. It revolutionized everything.

We were at a family friend's house and my mother was going through her normal routine--double checking her driving instructions for missing data points, when someone offered a service directly from above. I remember my mother's excitement upon hearing that the internet could now tell us how to get from point A to point B.

The first generation of navigational systems was famous for its glitches. From mapquest sending us down roads that simply did not exist, to the GPS lady in my grandfather's Escalade instructing us to make a U-turn on the freeway (advice that they should not have tempted him with)... the first round of nav systems left much to be desired.

Cut to 2011 and these systems have become our life force. If my phone shuts off in traffic I literally have no idea where I am or how I got there. They are no longer used predominantly for directions either. New advanced GPS devices and social media enthusiasm have upped the anty of GPS. It has become everything.

How do we get to the nearest Starbucks/gas station/restaurant/your friend's house/where are you going/where have you been/how far away are you/where is the nearest hook-up/can I link my phone to yours through google location/what is the street view of East St. Louis..? All questions that can now be answered through GPS.

The social media/GPS frenzy is fantastically unnerving. All my friends are constantly checking us in to different locations. I find it problematic on a personal level because I have been caught stretching the truth through these social media devices. And on a criminal justice level because I am part of the FBI's secret stalking task force. Just kidding.

What gets displaced by these technologies? Have we lost sight of where we are? Do these instructions actually make it harder for us to get from point A to point B?

Cheers to the GPS generation, we don't necessarily know where we are, but we can probably locate you...




  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!