Stop Using Cell Phones at concerts

             Be in the moment. Stop filming the moment to brag about or watch later. If you go to shows and look around, you will notice a sea of glowing white screens and glaring flashes. Those are the same lights and flashes that are shining in the faces of the people in the back of the crowd who are trying watch the performance without distractions. The video recordings of the show just do not meet the same quality of the artist’s performance right there on stage...20 feet in front of you!

            “Let’s just enjoy this with our eyes and ears,” Jack White said on an interview with Conan O’Brien in response to using cell phones at concerts. He even mentions banning them all together at his shows because no one is ever “in the moment.” Instead, everyone is “documenting the moment.”

            The audience is supposed to feel connected to the artists through the live music, but everyone is too busy making sure their Wifi is connected. You’re paying for the experience of the show and may never get the chance to see the artist perform their music for you in that setting again. Try to be a part of the music so you can explain the artists’ passion instead of having a 3X5 pixilated, incoherent clip of a song to brag about. The people you are snapchatting the footage to would have come to the show if they wanted to experience the artist that badly.

            The artists aren’t performing for the Snapchats you are taking or the Youtube videos you are planning to post after the show. People go to concerts to watch the artists they like on screen perform in a more up close and personal setting. The people who are too busy documenting the performance for later or for other people are defeating the purpose of the artist playing live. Don’t let something as personal and real as live music get sucked into the realm of your ten-second Snapchat. For the people standing behind you, and for artist’ sake, experience the music within yourself, not within your cell phone.


Written by Ellen Gelman