With technology still growing exponentially, it’s no surprise that people today favor GPS devices to traditional maps. As a matter of fact, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 74% of smartphone users use GPS services – and that’s not counting standalone GPS devices that are now increasingly affordable.
Before the advent of GPS, people relied on traditional maps – something today’s generation can’t imagine. Traditional maps are difficult to store, can be easily damaged, can never be updated, and are generally more complex and difficult to decipher. In comparison, GPS devices are reliable, convenient, sturdy, and exceptionally user-friendly. They’re also updateable, keeping up with the latest developments in infrastructure.
It’s mind boggling to think that as little as 15 years ago people were planning road trips using paper maps, likely because GPS devices were either unaffordable or unreliable. Fast forward to present day, and, according to the Huffington Post, approximately half of America uses smartphones, which normally have built in GPS location services. No wonder traditional maps are now obsolete!
GPS gadgets have proved their worth by being useful, user friendly, reliable, and accessible. The accessibility aspect of GPS devices is likely the biggest reason why people prefer them to traditional maps. Research like those mentioned earlier prove the popularity of GPS products, and indicate an age where many things are becoming electronic.