An better analogy than a public telephone would be a phone book. When was the last time any of you used one?
June of 2009. I was home alone, the power went out, and was looking up the number to call the electric company to report an outage. The trickiest part was finding where the hell my mother had put the phone book. After a solid 20 minutes of looking, I found one under a pile of other stuff in her office, unopened from when it had been deposited in our mailbox a couple years prior. More recent annual deliveries had gone straight into the recycling bin. Fortunately, the number for CL&P in it was still good!
People get surprised when I tell them I don't have a GPS, especially if they know how often I'm going someplace I don't usually go. But I don't need one. I prefer to do my own navigation manually using just a map. I keep a Rand McNally atlas in my car to look things up with. And if I want a more detailed view, I use the Google Maps app on my phone. I'm not averse to technology, I'm just averse to having a computer figure out for me something which I am perfectly capable of easily figuring out on my own - hell, I am more
capable of figuring out on my own than my computer is. Besides, I need to maintain a conscious concept of where I am and where I am going. I am not comfortable blindly following anyone or anything, the way all too many people seem to be.
It's amazing and honestly rather worrying how utterly helpless people become when all of a sudden their Garmin doesn't work. I once had a woman who'd just gotten off the highway and then had her GPS fritz out on her need me to direct her how to get back on the highway - exactly the reverse of the way she'd just came. I'm sorry, I don't care how good your little nav computer is, if you are clearly not paying attention to where the fuck you're going that is just pathetic.