Are we chained to our WiFi?
Wander through most city centres and you will be able to gain access to fast, reliable wireless internet wherever you go. Not from local shops and cafés who view having free WiFi as a business essential, but instead provided by the local authority for free public use.
Now some would say that access to the internet is a human right. And I would assert that it is, but should 24/7 access and usage be encouraged? Or should we cut back on our constant refreshing of our social feeds?
When walking about town, we don’t need to be checking social media, we can save that for when there is absolutely nothing better to be doing. Such as looking out for traffic and avoiding other pedestrians.
Despite the oncoming rollout of 5G, possibly making free WiFi obsolete, we need to separate ourselves from the perennial need to be up-to-date with the cyber world by instead switching off mobile internet while on the move.
WiFi should be liberating: to allow you access to the internet without a cable. Nevertheless, it has leashed us tighter: providing us constant access, everywhere, at the tips of our fingers.