Most smartphone owners would argue that while the devices make our lives far more convenient, it comes with a certain level of sacrifice. Every where you turn, people are staring into those tiny screens with no care or caution for the people around them. Understandable, then, that some people have the urge to disconnect completely.
Earlier this month, Vancouver got its very own cellphone-free cafe in the form of the Faraday Cafe. The cafe is a space free of cell phone service or any kind of digital connection. By enclosing the entire cafe in a mesh that shields electromagnetic fields, social artists Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects have created a place where people can go to get away from the buzz of their electronics. And it sounds like the people of Vancouver have embraced the idea.
The cafe launched on July 2 and is open for two weeks in the city’s Chinatown project, which exists solely for pop-up stores. After one week in business, the Faraday Cafe was adding extra events to its schedule “due to overwhelming community response.” For the last two weeks, Vancouverites have been attending morning meditation and Drinks & Discussion sessions as well as guzzling doughnuts and coffee in blissful peace.
The cafe closes tomorrow, so the opportunity to visit the experimental cafe is dwindling. Faraday Cafe is open from 10am to 6pm. Alternatively, you could join for story time, which kicks off at 7pm tonight.