Official steps have been taken against the “smartphone invasion” in France
Although the history of smartphones does not date back to ancient times, these devices have spread almost all over the world. The technology that is driving a new communications revolution, however, is getting on the nerves of many people.
In France, Seine-Port, home to fewer than two thousand people, took a step on the issue by holding a referendum last weekend. The population has shown with their votes that they want to restrict the use of smartphones in public spaces.
Talking on the phone while walking on the street, sitting on park benches, drinking in cafes, eating in restaurants or waiting for your child at the school gate is, on paper, illegal in this city.
Anyone who gets lost is asked to seek the help of those around them instead of using the map on their electronic device.
The decision made clearly emphasized that children will not be asked to use these devices during the day, while eating and at night before going to bed. If parents agree in writing that their children will no longer use a smartphone until they are 15, the little ones will also receive an old-fashioned home telephone.
While only 277 people took part in the vote, 54 percent of them supported the ban.
Since there is no such article in national laws, the police cannot impose fines on telephone users. But shop owners encouraged under the plans will gently ask their customers to limit mobile phone use.
The mayor promised young people a cinema club, a book exchange and a sports facility because they said they would get bored if they looked away from the screen.
Smartphone addiction is becoming an increasingly common topic in the French political arena. President Emmanuel Macron announced last month that he would consult experts and seek opinions, particularly on the use of small children.