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Do You Text During Concerts or Other Shows?

The other night, I went to a concert with a few of my friends. After the initial bag check and ticket scan from security, we saw large signs at the entrance to the venue reading, "The artists ask that you set your phones to vibrate and refrain from texting and other cell phone use during the performance." While I'm used to signs asking concert-goers not to take photos or videos during the show, this was the first ban on texts or cell phone use I'd seen during a concert. The reasoning behind the ban makes sense, but I wondered how strictly it could be enforced in a crowded venue.

Surprisingly, it was enforced by the venue's staff — I was totally busted when I absent-mindedly pulled my phone out of my pocket! Also surprisingly, concert-goers respected the texting rules. I'll have to admit, though I'm guilty of during-show texting, it was nice to enjoy a concert without the constant glow of cell phone screens from around the room. I'm used to seeing the polite no-texting signs displayed in movie theaters (and soon anti-WiFi paint could make texting impossible), but I'm on the fence about a similar ban during live shows. What do you think?

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kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 6 years
i tweet at concerts but not live theater or other performances. concerts are fun to tweet at because you're actively participating in the experience. you can tweet pix of the artist or you and your friends. as well as tell everyone how bad they suck for not being there. haha
kia kia 6 years
I was at an Airborne Toxic Event show in Denver this year and on the thin balcony looking down on the band. This girl next to me texted the entire show and her annoying lit up screen made me want to ask to go away and get that thing away from me. It was very distracting. Eventually 1/2 way in to the set her date (who also seemed irritated) sort of led her behind him to a wall so he could enjoy the show without that thing in his face either. I think overuse like that kills it for everyone else who will text one or two times during a show.
aistea311 aistea311 6 years
I just update my facebook status before the show starts and that is it. I see 311 nearly every year and texting would definitely kill the experience.
melanie-RN melanie-RN 6 years
how else am I supposed to tell all my friends what they're missing out on?!!
wmoonw wmoonw 6 years
Depends on the kind of mood they're trying to cultivate at the concert. A texting ban at a rock concert is ridiculous, because the mood there is more like a party than a show. For orchestra, opera, theater, ban away!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 6 years
I try not to do it when I'm watching a movie or at a concert. It does get kind of annoying to get a lot of vibrations in your pocket notifying you that someone either texted or emailed you, and some do it repeatedly. I prefer to keep my phone on vibrate when I'm out doing things in case of emergencies, so either Mom or Brother can easily reach me and let me know what's going on. About that anti-wifi paint...I'm not too thrilled with the prospect. What happens if there's an genuine emergency, and your family/friends can't reach you becuase there's paint blocking your signal?
devils devils 6 years
I dont normally do it. Only if I have to (like if I'm trying to meetup with someone and trying to find them), or maybe texting a band name/song to myself to check out later... but normally I don't. I'm surprised they had such a sign lol I never saw that before.
rach716 rach716 6 years
I guess it depends on where you are. If I'm at a concert, I like to tweet about it or maybe txt a friend. I would never do that at a Broadway show or in a movie theater though because I know that would disturb the people around me.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
i would, but only if i needed to ie: for meeting up with someone or something
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 6 years
Agree it depends on the location. Like yea, at a symphony performance you're not going to have your phone out. But at a rock concert in a huge venue who cares? People have been calling their friends and holding their phones up since cell phones were invented LOL
weffie weffie 6 years
I think a lot depends on the venue... in a theater setting it would be distracting to people sitting close to you, but at a big arena show there's too much going on to worry about the glow from someone's phone. I usually only take my phone out during concerts to check the time, but if I know someone who had to miss the show sometimes I'll leave them a voicemail of the band playing one of their faves.
Emmiekitten Emmiekitten 6 years
I guess it depends on the performance. At the theatre/opera etc it would be inappropriate to have a phone beeping away, but a a gig(or the sort of gigs I go to) no one is really going to notice a phone. I guess it depends on the venue/music style overall, but I find that very few musicians hold my interest enough for me to watch them for the entire night with no distractions.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 6 years
depends. at the orchestra im pretty sure i took the battery out entirely as to not disturb the atmosphere. but at some concerts i text to find my friends or to tweet or tell someone it ran late, whatnot. im not avidly using my phone or anything though.
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