It is absolutely getting to be that way. There are so few actually 'public' spaces anymore.
Every 'public' space not bought up, paved over, and used to sell something is considered a waste. Any kind of hanging out, if you're not purchasing something, is considered dangerous or suspicious. They really do want us to have nothing in life unless we are either consuming, or producing.
This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either!