Get your face outta that stupid screen! The latest First World Problem is Death by GPS:
Most death-by-GPS incidents do not involve actual deaths—or even serious injuries. They are accidents or accidental journeys brought about by an uncritical acceptance of turn-by-turn commands: the Japanese tourists in Australia who drove their car into the ocean while attempting to reach North Stradbroke Island from the mainland; the man who drove his BMW down a narrow path in a village in Yorkshire, England, and nearly over a cliff; the woman in Bellevue, Washington, who drove her car into a lake that their GPS said was a road; the Swedish couple who asked GPS to guide them to the Mediterranean island of Capri, but instead arrived at the Italian industrial town of Carpi; the elderly woman in Belgium who tried to use GPS to guide her to her home, 90 miles away, but instead drove hundreds of miles to Zagreb, only realizing her mistake when she noticed the street signs were in Croatian.
Apparently “the map is not the territory” isn’t taught in modern schools.
Update: The PC (psychologically correct) term is cognitive miserliness, but it just means that your smartphone, like the GPS, is making you stupid.
Tip from Joanne Jacobs, doggedly trying to educate the educators.
Another Update: It turns out your cellphone is making your kids stupid.
Tip from Drudge, who can’t even spell permalink.