I have wanted to see Yellowcard since their album Ocean Avenue came out, so of course I was very excited to see them perform it acoustically at the TLA. But what I was not excited about was tweeting during the concert. I am new to Twitter, but it wasn’t just that, putting the experience of a concert into words during the concert is very difficult. It is loud and your attention is drawn to the bright lights and sounds coming from the stage, not the bright light we stare at all the time.
Surprisingly enough, a noticeable trend in people that attended the Yellowcard concert was very light tweeting/instagramming during the concert. Instead, the bulk of tweets and pictures were posted after the concert ended. I think that part of this has to do with the venue, everyone is in standing room only and elbow room is sometimes lacking. The intimacy of this venue provides for an awesome concert experience, which makes the standing worth the while. However, I definitely experienced some awkwardness while typing, plus I had to pull myself from the experience to do so. Most people I saw on their phones were recording or taking pictures of the concert, which l was able to find later on Instagram and links to said pictures on twitter.
During the calmer acoustic set, more phones were out and being used. Once on the floor level it was harder to tell how people were using their phones if they weren’t holding them in the air to take pictures and videos.
CNN writer @JarrettBellini points out the annoyance of cell phone use at concerts both for the artists and fellow concert goers in this article. He urges viewers to “just experience the music” instead of experiencing it through their phones.
I am supportive of online communities and social media, but it is clear that the way we use our phones normally does not transfer over well to concerts. There has to be a happy medium between sharing and experiencing a memorable concert.