Why We Need To Put Our Phones Away at Live Concerts
    • MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016

    • Posted by: Amy Tang

    It's no doubt that the evolution of technology has transformed the world, but it's also taken a toll on the music industry. Whether it's good or bad, we don't know. But we do know one thing for sure: we need to start putting our phones away at live concerts.

    Latest artists to adopt the "No Cell-phone Policy" at concerts include Alicia Keys, The Lumineers, and DJ Lane 8. Others who have banned cell phones at certain concerts include Mumford and Sons, who asked for fans to refrain from using their phones due to possible leaks of their pre-release album back in 2015 and Jack White, who encouraged a crowd at Coachella to put down their phones for a few seconds. The least we could do is accept and follow their instructions.

    We don't really see it but they're really looking out for our well-being. In a world that's so technologically advanced, it's hard to choose between being in the present and getting that perfect SnapChat and Instagram shot for everyone to envy over. It also isn't just rude for other concertgoers but the artists themselves (especially the ones who ban smartphones). They're providing you with some fantastic music, so why not do them a favor and live in the moment? "It's nothing personal," Lane 8 (Daniel Goldstein) stated. "It's just that we feel this is the best way for us to play a show and for fans to experience the show." Keys and The Lumineers have opted to utilize Apple's new phone pouch, Yondr, to lock up people's phones during the show. Lead singer Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers even abruptly stopped a show in Austin, Texas a couple years ago saying, "Hey, let's put away our cameras and cell phones and just be here together in this moment."

    For the past couple of years, smartphones have been our windows to society, dominating our everyday lives. When was the last time you went to a concert and didn't find yourself squeezed in a virtual sea of smartphones? Not in a while, I can confidently assume. If you're like me, you're probably in the middle of the crowd giving concertgoers with their phones in the air some serious side-eye. I'm not saying I've never constantly taken pictures at a concert before. In fact, I'll admit I used to be that person. But then I realized keeping my phone in my bag made me enjoy the show ten times more.

    I'll never forget being close to the front row and seeing Disclosure at Firefly back in June and looking back only to see an ocean of phones lifted in the air. It was crazy. I'd honestly be just as thrilled as the next person to get an amazing shot of the electronic music duo, but for everyone SnapChatting the entire show? You're probably OD'ing it.

    It's hard to not fish for your phone to get ready for that perfect photo. How else will you prove to your friends that you actually went to that show? Not all moments have to be documented for the sake of your social media accounts. Years from now, those photos wont even be relevant. We all know the phrase "Pics or It Didn't Happen" a little too well. Practice going to concerts and whenever you feel the urge to grab your phone, just remember how amazing that present moment is. Focus on Alicia Keys's flawless make-up free face or dance the night away to DJ Lane 8.

    But for those of you who still need some reassurance, you can watch this video of Marky Ramone threatening to smack your phone away with his records.

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