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?