I get that it's convenient, I really do. However, say the cell phone towers are down. No service. Could you not call the establishment prior to leaving and say, "I`m coming from xxxxxx, could you please give me directions?" You write them down and then follow them. The beauty of this over Siri is that you follow your own directions, bit by bit. In so doing, you brain makes neural pathways and subconsciously picks up landmark clues and such, making actual memories and increasing your brain function. When one uses Siri, one blindly follows instructions, never building any memories and strengthening nothing but a robotic response to authority. I`m not saying for a moment that this is true for all, and I`m certainly not claiming that this is true for you. I`m simply saying that it is a dangerous possibility.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:04:59 AM
I use my smartphone for navigation way too much now to go without it. Before I had it, it was tough for me to be in the car and find someplace on a whim. Yesterday, I was looking for tile for my new shower and I could just ask Siri where tile places are and get turn by turn directions. In the past, I would have to stop someplace to try to find a phone book, look up an address, try to find it on a paper map, probably give up. So much better now.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:41:18 AM
ferdyfred: I could not agree with you more. Many an afternoon was made more embarrassing by my mother's call to dinner, homework, clarinet practice, bath time, etc. But I would not trade that sort of community feeling for the world.
Swaywithme: I believe in the presence of philosophy and free-thinking on the internet. This site alone is a bastion for clever, smart, free-thinking left and right-brainers alike. It`s just that I rarely see that sort of brilliance embodied in a person who has to text their "bff" about what they just saw on Bieber`s facebook page. Know what I mean?
Besides, I may be crazy, but didn`t we invent the telephone specifically so we wouldn`t have to type our messages to each other all of the time? What`s next? A morse code key app?