People are goldfish

I was at a Maroon 5 concert last night and there were so many people taking photos and videos of the show, texting, looking at Facebook, posting stuff to Twitter and Instagram – in fact anything unrelated to simply being satisfied in the moment and enjoying the show. My job involves putting these devices into the hands of people. At one point these devices were critical for safety, communication and business, but now they are just expensive toys.

I watched one woman take a minute long video of her friends that were dancing next to her, then she reviewed the entire video on her phone while her friends were still dancing next to her. ARE YOU REALLY THAT BORED?

It was difficult not to see another in front of me spend the first half of the show trying to get the perfect crappy photo to share online – a blurry far-off shot taken from an angle of 45 degrees from the stage with thousands of heads in the way. WHAT’S THE POINT?

It’s kind of difficult not to notice this phenomenon when it’s all around you. I’ve been waiting in line for food at work and seen people open Facebook, scroll the feed quickly up and down, then exit the app, turn off the screen and turn it back on just 30 seconds later. Repeat and discover that nothing has changed. ARE YOU A GOLDFISH WITH A 30 SECOND MEMORY?

3 Replies to “People are goldfish”

  1. My favorite are the people that use ipads for cameras. I was at the olympic diving trials (as well as at my wedding), and the sheer number of people holding up the 11″ ipad with a crappy camera recording video and taking pictures really hurts me.

    But even worse are the people that do this for the kids growing up. Where they never take pictures with cameras, they just take them with iphones and ipads (insert other non-camera devices here). Sure the pictures are ok, but over 90% are blurry and out of focus and have crappy lighting. This is how you choose to document the life of your child growing up? When you look at the photos on a small iphone display, they look alright, but any bigger than that (say printing a 5×7 for a frame) and they are complete crap. Sheer quantity doesn’t not replace quality. While it is a ton more convienent to do it just with your phone, these people need to think about what the pictures will look like in 30 years when the kid is grown up and wants to see pictures of their past. At that point, all they’ll get is a ton of crappy small blurry photos. Maybe i’m just rambling and venting, but there is a large shift of people that are doing this and in 20 years, they’ll look back and wonder why all their pictures were crap. Why can’t people think about the future rather than what is convenient in the present?

  2. Yeah, that bothers me too. I also wonder how many people don’t even bother backing up their photos. Google+ can be set up to do it automatically, but I wonder how many people take photos of their kids with their phones and let the only backup be a tiny 400 pixel square complete with filter on Instagram.

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