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Put Down the Smartphone and No One Gets Hurt

Authored by: Steven Blum — Feb 22, 2012

So, you're at a concert, enjoying an amazing band, when the impulse hits to whip out your phone and record the moment forever. Here's a word of advice: DON'T! Just don't. I don't understand why anyone would rather watch a concert through the screen of their phone rather than experience it live, and you're probably never going to look at that video again, so why record it in the first place?!

Whipping out your phone at a concert is like giving up a 360 degree experience for a two dimensional relationship with a bunch of pixels. It makes no sense and, from a hedonist's perspective, SEVERELY limits your enjoyment of whatever gig you're attending. You just paid $30 to watch a band LIVE, not $30 to watch a band on a 4.5-INCH SCREEN!

Also, nobody cares about the concert video you just made. NOBODY! No one is going to want to watch it on your phone (especially when they can watch the concert on a little thing called, um, YouTube). Even on the newest phones, the quality WON'T be that great. And the clips won't be long enough for anyone to fully appreciate the experience you just had. You will likely delete the video anyway, so JUST DON'T DO IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.

And another thing: it's ANNOYING! You're probably blocking someone's view with your hand. Most folks don't want to have a cell phone glaring them in the face while they're trying to enjoy a concert. Just STOP. PLEASE.

Tablets at Concerts


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Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • 1000 * 5 min = at last 1 in front of you all the time.

    Well, just dance a bit wilder an acidentialy smak it out if his hand (:evil grin:)

  • Christopher Silva
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    Feb 22, 2012 Link to comment

    I agree, big tablets inmy face at a concert is not cool

  • People who record with their tablets are hiiilarrrious.

  • Hah but for the people in the back it is kind of annoying.... Esp. the guys who do it with tablets!

  • clouds Feb 22, 2012 Link to comment

    First of all, for me it's 4.65 inch HD display not 4.5 inch. Secondly, I would never record a whole concert! Are you crazy?! Just 5-8 minutes for remembrance nothing more, so cool ur horses and stop attacking us. :-^^

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