We all know that Starbucks is offering free Wi-Fi to their hipster customers. Tables filled with iPad, iPhone and laptop users updating blogs and social media statuses.
Sure, you’ve got your post out there or have let your friends know about your current location, but many coffee shops in Dublin put a strict ban on offering public Wi-Fi. And many people seem to have a strong hate towards those places. Many seem to leave TripAdvisor reviews complaining that Wi-Fi-less cafes are personally disadvantaging people who don’t have hotspots.
Seriously? Are people so addicted to internet that they aren’t able to drink a cup of coffee in Dublin without being glued to the screen? Coffee shops have existed for decades and decades without internet. They don’t need to be the next office or a place to catch up with episodes.
It can be, however, a place to enjoy brewed coffee, a spot to catch up with friends. And here’s a fun fact: back in the 17 century, throughout most of Europe, coffee shops used to be places for deep thinkers to gather, exchange ideas, develop great works of art and inspire revolutions.
What a great idea this is. Simply chat and exchange ideas. We have seen this in a TV show, Friends – remember this show? A bunch of people gathered in their favorite coffee shops, relaxed, drank tons of coffee and simply… talked and joked around.
Should coffee shops become filled with people glued to their screens, speechless with just the sound of clicking keyboards in the air or should we hear laughter and conversation? But hey, that’s just our opinion.