Next time you are out at dinner this week, play the cell phone game. The rules are simple:
The first person of the group who checks a cell phone has to take the bill. If your party is feeling forgiving, you can lower the penalty to a round of drinks or appetizers.
As the writer of a blog that (mostly!) criticizes technology, it’s not surprising that I don’t have a smart phone. However, I was almost changed of my stubborn, “dumb” phone ways a few weeks ago.
I was a groomsman in a good friend’s wedding in Savannah, GA ,a city I don’t know too well. Between rehearsal dinners, wedding errands, and jumping around hotels, I realized that I was completely dependent on my friends’ iPhones to navigate the city.
What’s the point of not having a smart phone if I have to rely on others’ phones to get by? How can I be so dependent and helpless in a new city? As you can guess, my world began to collapse.
Then someone suggested that I just get a map. So I grabbed a free, not-to-scale cartoon map from the Holiday Inn and set out to conquer the city. Here’s why you should too:
8. Blindly following Siri’s directions gets you from A to B, but it doesn’t help you actually learn the layout of a city. Using a map helps you understand the layout and geography of a new locale.
7. It makes you feel like Ferdinand Magellan. Just on a slightly smaller scale.
6. Maybe it’s just me, but looking at a map and planning your day over coffee with friends is a great way to start a morning.
5. When a phone has only one bar, you’re in trouble. When a map has only one bar, all it means is that you know exactly where you’ll end up that night.
4. You can fix a map with tape.
3. It’s a great skill to have, and the more you practice the easier it gets.
2. Contrary to what Verizon wants you to think, there’s a lot of un-connected places even in America where you can’t get cell phone or GPS service.
1. If the world goes the way of The Walking Dead, you’ll want to have your map of Georgia on hand.
So go grab your map, machete, and Indiana Jones hat and go discover the unknown. I’ll see ya there.