The sun is out, the weather is nice, and with the nice weather comes concert season. Live bands, outdoor venues, tailgating, beers. How can you not like concert season? Concerts are great and generally worth every dollar even if the seats aren’t that good.
Now, thanks to Snapchat, one doesn’t even have to drop a dime on a pair of tickets for you and a hot date to enjoy a show because everyone knows someone on social media who spends more time recording the concert than actually watching the performance. I’m not here to thank those people. No. I’m actually here to do the opposite. Put down the phone and enjoy the show for once.
Look, I am guilty of it. I think we all are to some extent. However, this is an area of life in which you should practice moderation and use some self-control. One or two clips is understandable. The effect is diluted when you send me eight clips of the same song. I get it. You’re at Luke Bryan. Cool. But you’re ruining my Snap story streak. I had a dozen people in a row that I was living vicariously through, 20-30 seconds at a time. And then you pop up in the queue with your five-minute concert of Nick Jonas.
You leave me no choice but to violently tap my screen in a state of frustration so I can move on with my life and bypass yours. I can’t leave unwatched stories sitting in the queue, but I’m sure as hell not going to sit there and pretend to enjoy your videography.
No one — I repeat, no one — enjoys your ten-second clip of an indistinguishable figure hundreds of feet away that is masked by four different colored strobe lights whose voice is drowned out by your own screaming. The video quality in these clips is always atrocious — shaky at best and nausea-inducing at worst. The audio quality is just about the same. If the individual is not in the background screaming, then everyone around them is. You may hear one or two words from the performer but they are usually so far away that even that is a stretch. You are the reason I watch snap stories on mute. How do you feel about yourself now?
Is it too much to ask that you people put a governor on that thing? Instead of draining your phone battery snapping away with no regard for humanity, could you just give us the highlights? We don’t really want to see the whole thing. One or two clips is enough to make me jealous and instill a little FOMO but any more than that and I start losing respect for you as an individual. The best concerts are when you completely forget you even have your phone because you got a few good buddies next to you or an arm around your significant other. Nothing else matters but the tunes and the good company. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy the show through the two eyeballs and ears that you have been #blessed with instead of a pixelated shot on your phone and crackling speakers?
Think of it this way: next time you whip out your phone for a string of snaps you’re about to send me, just know that I am getting the same quality of entertainment that you are. And I didn’t have to drop $90 on a ticket. Put it down and enjoy the show..
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