There’s a coffee shop downtown that disconnects the Internet on weekends. They want people to talk to each other face to face with no distractions. After all, coffee shops were the original social networks.
With notebooks and vinyl on the comeback, it’s fashionable to be deliberately analog. But in eliminating technology, the coffee shop is really limiting the discussion.
The mobile phone is more than just a second brain and can be more complimentary than an additional person.
Having the ability to add more context to your stories by showing someone pictures or videos from a trip adds value to what could be a dull exchange.
As long as the phone use is intentional and not-time wasting, having extra content on the table helps facilitate conversation at the coffee shop.
Wifi should be served like water: always optional and mostly free.