Over dependence on technology can sometimes cause inconvenience
Should we be overdependent on technology? Do you think technology is really helpful always?
Mr X along with his wife was on an outing to another city and was travelling on a city bus. Being a technology enthusiast he was addicted to using technology in daily life. Being unknown to the city Mr X took out his smartphone and started tracking his location with help of GPS and Google maps to see whether his bus stop had arrived. Mr X considered it below his dignity to inquire about bus stop to get down from bus conductor or fellow passengers. Even while driving, he loathed asking the route from passerby. As per him, his smartphone with GPS and Google maps could lead him anywhere and it was foolish to call for human help when he had technology in hand.
Mr X proudly looked at his smartphone while tracking his location. At the same time, his wife who knew this habit of Mr X asked him, "Should I ask from passengers as to when our stop will come?".
"Why do you bother when I have location technology with me? Do you think I ever need to ask people?". His wife was getting restless now as it was taking more time than expected to reach the stop. But Mr X was unaffected and kept on looking at Google maps. Soon he said that stop had arrived and they need to get down.
Mr X and his wife finally got down at the bus stop and started looking for the spot they wanted to go. To their surprise, they could not locate it in spite of it being shown on Mr X's Google maps. For the first time, Mr X was bit confused. His wife then asked a passerby as to which bus stop it was? Reply she got was "Madam this is wrong stop. You already left your bus stop 3 kms behind." Now on checking his smartphone, Mr X realised that Google maps was not able to get exact GPS fix inside the bus and hence showed approximate location.
Now, why have I named the character as Mr X? This is because X is an unknown variable in Algebra and its value can be anything. So here Mr X can be any one of us. It could be me, you or for that matter anyone else who is obsessed with technology and tends to overuse it.
It is good to use and depend on latest technologies when really needed but it is important to remember that sometimes technologies can malfunction and have limitations. So it is best to use common sense and easiest way available rather than complicating the things by showing over-dependence on technology. Here Mr X could have easily enquired for the bus stop from fellow passengers or the bus conductor.