Attending Concerts Or Just Glued To Your Phone?



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When I was growing up, concerts were my primary method of tucking away. It was a time to distance myself from parents, school, problems, or anything that was weighing me down. This was mostly in the metal world, where jumping in the mosh pit or screaming my lungs out to my favorite band was always a release. Sure I had a phone, but the thing could send a text or make a call.

That was the extent of what having a phone meant. When we listened to music it was on an iPod. If you wanted to check your Myspace or eventually Facebook, well you had to do that on a computer. Getting home was a glorious moment, finally getting to plug back into Myspace and see how many new messages, friend requests, or comments was huge, but that could only be done on my parent's computer if they weren't using it.

Remember printed tickets? When I was in high school back in Oregon, most of the tickets I bought were purchased at grocery stores like Safeway and Fred Meyers. It was only like 5 years ago that they were the primary way to purchase tickets, and when we say printed we mean actual ticket stubs that fit in your hand and not ink printed onto a giant white paper at home.

Even that is outdated now, and you can just magically swipe tickets from your email to Passbook in half a second. I used to have boxes of autographed, half-ripped, and sweated on ticket stubs, and now I have files taking up space on my phone.

Things have changed drastically when it comes to concerts, but I'm not saying this like some angry old man screaming "Back in my day." I say this, because I'm part of this problem. While I do my best to refrain from checking notifications and scrolling down my feed, it has become like an addiction. Those moments before the show starts, in between artists, or just whenever there's a dull moment.

For many it goes beyond this, and is more like always. And for others it's not just phones. I can handle phones, but now we have selfie sticks, tablets, iPads, crazy screened devices I didn't even know were invented, and just about anything that lights up and can take pictures and connects to the Internet. It has gotten crazy, but that's truly the society we have grown accustomed to.

The thing is, you just never know what will happen at a moment's notice. We live in a world where at any moment Kanye West could drop his next album and we wouldn't be home to listen. This has already happened with so many artists, and that fear of being a few hours behind everyone else is scary.

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My goal is to get content up as fast as possible, and just knowing that the biggest albums of the year or a massive news story could drop at 1 AM while I'm trying to get my groove on is a near constant fear. This is actually my greatest fear. We used to fear sharks and spiders and failure, but now we just fear missing out and it's terrifying.

In a recent study conducted by Ticketfly, we learn just how many people are in this same boat. Thirty-one percent of 18-34 year olds admit to using their phones during half of an event or longer, and we can only imagine how high that number is for teenagers. You can read more of the stats below, and get an idea of how glued to our phones we really are.

Read More Stats: 

-Forty percent of female smartphone owners 18-34 that attend live events say they use their phones to take pictures at events, compared to only 24 percent of males their age.

-Females in the 18-34 age range are also more likely than their male counterparts to share their experiences via social media apps during the event (35 percent vs. 22 percent, respectively).

-Seventy percent of smartphone owners age 18-34 who attend live events are interested in using their phone as their ticket to enter an event.

-Two thirds (66 percent) of smartphone owners age 18-34 who attend live events are interested in using their phone to pay for food, beverages and merchandise.

Read The Full Study Here: Ticketfly

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