I’m as addicted to my device as the next guy, and I love that we’ve always got a camera in our pockets.
But at concerts, we’ve all had our experience negatively affected – especially if we have floor seats – by people in front of us holding their phones up over their heads to shoot video.
I’ve never understood it. I spent $385 CD to see Roger Waters in Chicago in July, and I was standing behind people who paid the same, only to watch big chunks of the show on a tiny hand-held TV screen.
Now, I have zero issue with a few quick still shots, but holding your hands above your head for whole songs while holding a phone in landscape mode might just as well be you holding up a sheet of cardboard in your hands specifically to block the view of those behind you. It’s ignorant and selfish.
Now, a company called Yondr has developed a potential solution. At first blush, it looks like enabling the system could be pretty quick and just done during the security check, but the deactivation stations would get bottle-necked at the end of the concert.
Now…if the deactivation was done electronically by walking back through a security-type portal on the way out, before dropping off the sleeve like you do 3D glasses at a movie theatre…
Have a look at the videos and see what you think.
Should concerts be phone-free zones? This company thinks so pic.twitter.com/1h6BVXtdPj
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 12, 2017