Village Bans Scrolling Smartphone & Walking At The Same Time


Rohit Kulkarni

Rohit Kulkarni

Feb 16, 2024


Seine-Port, a charming village in France, has banned the excessive smartphone use by implementing a ban on scrolling in public spaces.

Seine-Port Bans Smartphone Scrolling in Public Place

Located in south of Paris, Seine-Port, this village of Paris has introduced regulations that limit smartphone usage in public areas. This new rule shall ban individuals from walking as well as scrolling simultaneously.

Village Bans Scrolling Smartphone & Walking At The Same Time

In addition to this, scrolling is allowed in eateries, shops as well as seated benches in the park. This ban is not just limited to kids since the ban also extends to school drop offs, where in the parents who are waiting for their children outside local schools are also prohibited to use phones.

A 34-year-old mother of two, Ludivine, supported the ban by saying that the goal about this ban is increasing the awareness about the negative impact of using phones excessively.

The population of village is 2000, as many as 277 individuals participated in the vote and 54% of them have voted in favour of the rule.

The Village Majorly Decided to Discourage Social Media Scrolling

Regarding the smartphone usage decree, Mayor Vicent Paul-Petit is responsible for drafting the same. However, since there is no nationwide law against smartphone use, the enforcement of the ban is limited.

As per Mayor Paul-Petit, the intention behind the law is not to outlaw the phone usage itself but to discourage the social media scrolling in public spaces. Highlighting the smartphone’s addictive nature, he said that the same leads to individuals becoming fixated on their screens.

It was shortly after the Conservative MP Miriam Cates suggested banning smartphones for children under 16 during a session of Prime Minister’s Questions, that the vote took place.

The impact of online activities on children’s well-being was acknowledged by PM Rishi Sunak and he emphasized the government’s efforts to address online safety through legislation.


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