Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Little Too Close for Comfort

GPS systems are very useful when you aren't sure where you are going.  It has saved many people lots of time, and keeps them safe.  When you have an accurate GPS, you won't be driving down any deadend dark alleys.

What reminds me a little too much of "Big Brother" is the GPS tracking devices.   It is a fine idea to use them for buses or other vehicles in a group you are trying to keep tabs of and on time. What breeches etiquette, in my opinion, is when people use GPS tracking for private use.

It would be one thing if they wouldn't turn on unless the car was stolen, or unless it was an emergency situation.  Maybe it could turn on if it sensed a severe impact.  This way someone unconscious could be found.   However, what I don't like is the idea of people tracking other people without their consent, such as a spouse or a girlfriend/boyfriend.   

We should only be with someone who we can trust or learn to trust. Most of the time, our suspicions of a significant other cheating is unfounded. What results is a world of distrust that comes from knowing their every move.  People can easily feel smothered and it causes a relationship to break up needlessly.  The reaction when someone discovers a GPS Tracking device. is something that could easily give someone a nervous breakdown. It is not like in the movies.

While some technology is life saving, some of it is the idle plaything of people with way too much time on their hands.


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