Folks who love tech might want to steer clear of Green Bank, West Virginia. The small town of 257 residents (as of 2020) has banned Wi-Fi and all other wireless signals, meaning there’s no cell service either.
There is a valid reason for radio silence; Green Bank is home to the Green Bank Observatory, the first national astronomical observatory in the U.S., and also home to the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. The equipment is extremely sensitive to interference, so in 1958, the government established the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square mile area surrounding the observatory.
All those who live within a 10-mile radius (which includes the town of Green Bank) can’t use bluetooth or even microwaves, unless they are in a special box that blocks electromagnetic fields.
Living in Green Bank is a bit like traveling back in time; paper maps, land-line phones, slow broadband internet, and freedom from technological distractions.
There are perks; real-life connections and conversations with others, more active time spent outdoors, nobody is texting while driving, and cyber bullying is non-existent. At a time when nearly 60 percent of American teens say they have been bullied or harassed online, and studies have found links between social media use and teen mental health problems, the digital limitations around Green Bank may actually be an improvement.
*Many people who claim to suffer from “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” have also moved there.
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