Technology has grown significantly in the last couple of years. Anywhere you go, you are sure to see someone using their smart phone, tablet, or laptop. These devices have come a long way and help in so many aspects of our daily life. With how useful smart devices are in today’s fast paced world, why would anyone want a “No Tech” Zone?
City of San Francisco: Tech free
Located at the Alamo Square in San Francisco, locals began seeing official looking No Tech Zone signs hanging from city poles. The signs were posted with red and white colors, and had a cellular device with a cross through it. The sign also read, No cell phones, tablets, laptops, or smart devices permitted. Violators would be fined $300 for not obeying the No Tech Zone. Normally signs like these are posted by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Despite their name being located on the sign, the department claims that they did not post these signs.
Where did these signs come from?
If the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department did not post these signs, then who did? Many believe it was the act of anti-tech believers, and was a kind of artistic protest of the use of high tech devices. Those who oppose the use of smart devices believe they hinder our day to day conversation. When you go to a restaurant, you see a couple sitting down, staring at their cell phones. They are not even able to hold a conversation, face to face. This not the world anti- techs believe in.
No Tech Zones: Are they a good idea?
Even though these signs posted in San Francisco were fake, it poses a great question as to whether this type of tech free zone would be a good idea. In cities throughout the United States, no technology signs are posted in certain areas. The use of cell phones are forbidden in most school zones, and signs are actually posted alongside the school speed zone signs. In construction zones, users can face heavy fines for the use of cell phones, because it can cause major accidents. These types of no tech zones are reasonable and appropriate because they are meant to keep everyone safe.
A No Tech Zone in the middle of town square, now that is another story. These smart devices were made to make our lives easier. They help us to find directions, browse the internet, and keep in contact with family and friends. Although some people can be too involved in their smart device, this is the choice they are choosing to make. If these No Tech signs were real, how would they be enforced? A $300 fine is a lot of money, so isn’t it just easier for people to go somewhere else? The overall idea of a No Tech Zone is one that many anti-techs believe might be a reality someday. For now, you are safe to use any smart device in the San Francisco area. All No Tech Zones signs were taken down, and no enforcement is in place!