Especially when I'm out of town, I have a tendency to program every destination into my GPS when I'm the driver. Lately, I've noticed a trend that I find quite confusing among my friends and family: there are a lot of people who seem to be offended by the GPS. They sit in the passenger seat, sneer at the pretty little black screen a few times, and then say something like,
"You could have just asked me, I knew where this place was all along," or
"I know my voice might not be as charming as your British robot's voice, but I can give directions."
They act like I'm insulting their knowledge and expertise just by using my turn-by-turn navigation. Like I don't trust them to get me where I need to go. Frankly, I just don't get why it's such a big ego blow for me not to ask for directions.
Perhaps I don't understand it because I like to chat with people as I drive, and I'd rather just let the conversation flow than have to ask every three seconds, "Am I supposed to still be going straight?" or "Am I in the right lane? No, I know I'm in the left lane. I didn't mean the right lane, I meant the correct lane."
All I know is that I like my GPS. And I don't plan on giving it up any time soon. So, should you ever be in the position where you need to ride with me and I type in the address to your house when we get in the car, just let it go. If you're nice, I'll even let you change it to the sexy Australian girl's voice instead of the British guy. Cheerio!