Public Wi-Fi is topic that has been widely debated in the past several years, but I think it has the ability to grant us more benefits than disadvantages. In this day and age, access to the internet has become more of a need than a desire due to our reliance on it. Most people don’t know how to get to certain places without the use of Google Maps, even if they have been there several times in the past. The younger generation view it as a necessity in order to have a social life, they conduct their daily lives. Along with this, a commonly held belief is that productivity will go up if there is Wi-Fi accessible to everyone publicly. With access to a free source of Wi-Fi, individuals are able to work from wherever they like. It would also be useful for those who are unable to gain access to the Internet from their private homes. People who cannot afford an internet subscription or a data plan are able to use public Wi-Fi access to stay in pace with others who can.
I think that this idea has both its ups and downs. While I agree it may be a strong tool to increase productivity, it may also deter it. People may be more likely to get distracted without direct supervision. It could also have increasingly dangerous impacts in regards to those who are driving. With access to Wi-Fi, drivers may not be paying the attention to the road they should, but pedestrians may also be staring at their phones without fear of consequence. There are also issues of security attached to access of public Wi-Fi. People who access the Wi-Fi could potentially have their credit card and other personal information stolen.