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01/28/2019

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Don Hundley

I found this article interesting. First off, I was not aware that people even still used paper maps. To me, they seem to belong to the same family as things VCR's and and 8-track taps---useless in today's world. I am someone who relies heavily on google maps. Unless I am going somewhere I have been numerous times, I have no idea where I am going. I even have to use when I go to my grandmother's house every few months, because I am just that bad at remembering places/roads. Using google maps on my phone is very convenient, and I would think much more convenient than taking out a paper map and reading as I am going down the road. But Broussard brings up many good points. I particularly thought her point on what would happen to those of us who rely so heavily on technology when/if google stops offering this service, or a government shutdown means satellite data is no longer powering smartphone GPS systems. Those points kinda make me think I should start using paper maps here and there, just in case I may have to one day.

Rhonda Wolford

I realize that GPS is more accommodating when you are traveling. You can listen to the directions without having to stop the vehicle or risk taking your eyes off the road to read a map. However, the access to GPS may not always be available. You may be in an area that does not have satellite service, your device may go "dead" or malfunction. These problems are not an issue if you have a paper map to read.

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