GPS and our Health
GPS, the Global Positioning System, was introduced in 1991, with the aim of making travelling easier and secure. The global positioning system consists of a large number of satellites, ground stations and receivers. The GPS helps people track their path, figure out where they are and calculate how long it will take to reach at their destination. There are various benefits of using GPS systems. The GPS helps people to know how much traffic is present on a specific road. It aids farmers in harvesting their fields or the emergency crews to navigate the place where people in need are present. The perks of using GPS facility lays in its convenience, reliability and affordability.
Often people are heard saying that GPS is harmful for our health and its high energy signals affects our well-being, but to our surprise, it is just a misconception. GPS is not harmful for us at all.
GPS Signals are not Dangerous
The notion that GPS signals are dangerous is merely a myth. As we discussed earlier, GPS operates with the help of various satellites orbiting around the earth and ground stations present on the earth, these satellites send messages to GPS devices in the form of signals. I repeat that the satellites send messages to GPS devices in the form of signals; it does not transmit those signals. It could have been harmful if it transmitted waves.
Since the GPS is not involved in transmission like electromagnetism, it is not harmful for human body at all. to tell the truth, smart phones and Wi-Fi routers are far more dangerous for human body than any GPS tracking system in the world.
Being Lazy Makes You Unhealthy
Being lazy makes you unhealthy. Though GPS tracking system is not harmful for us, being so much dependent on it can prove to be dangerous for us. Using of GPS more often, elicits the need for remembering routes and cause memory related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
Nevertheless, there are very less chances of getting memory diseases but the scientists claim that using GPS system very frequently can limit the working of hippocampus, the part of brain which is responsible for storing memories, facilitating learning and emotions. GPS makes us clumsy and eradicate the need for memorizing routes, increasing the chances of developing memory disorders such as those explained above.
No doubt GPS system has eased our lives but its excessive use can also be disastrous therefore it is recommended to exercise daily and indulge in activities that enhance brain activity. This helps in keeping hippocampus healthy and preventing memory issues. Furthermore, one must try new routes daily. Following new paths on daily basis helps in keeping one’s brain active.
Using GPS does not harm us physically but may affect our mental health if used unduly. So, limit the use of GPS and keep doing exercise for being fit and healthy.
Some benefits of GPS for health
GPS system is increasing its accuracy day by day and now it is contributing to the effective distribution of goods from one place to another. Online delivery system of stores is getting efficient because of all the data that is available on GPS. It can help the people who have some chronic illness which stops them from traveling or going out for shopping. Also tracking your running paths with GPS can give you a better picture and analysis of your daily routines. You can also find out how many steps did you walked in your daily routine.