Study reveals 70% of UK gig-goers find phones on the dancefloor irritating
70% of UK gig-goers say no to phones on the dancefloor.
We live in an age where put your lighters up has been replaced with put your cell phones up, although currently they aren’t just used for a special moment, they seem to be permanently up and glowing, leaving the DJ/artist to play to a sea of screens rather than fan faces.
If most people are doing it, it can’t be an issue? Well a study commissioned by Eventbrite found that 70% of revellers in the UK who have attended a ticketed event believe that phone fanatics constantly snapping away takes away from the overall concert experience.
ComRes surveyed 1031 British adults and found:
-69% would support minimal action to minimise disruption of fan photography
-13% would back ‘no phone’ zones
-41% vote for gentle nudges to get the no phone message across
-17% would support “audience spot-checks for over-filming’
The snap attack
-65% of respondents feel excessive phone use takes away from the live experience
-49% of all surveyed admitted to taking out their phones at music events to capture the moment
No one is guiltless!
Anja Schneider gives the DJ’s perspective:
“As a DJ I want to entertain people,” says Schneider. “I build a set, maybe it’s an all-nighter, or an after-party slot. You can’t then condense that down into a little piece of video filmed on a phone – three minutes or twenty seconds or whatever. Do I find myself playing to a forest of phones waving in the air? Of course, and for me that’s a problem because you can’t see the people, you can’t see the vibe. You can’t see people’s faces.”
This isn’t just an affliction tainting the UK, it’s world-wide.
Do you agree with 70% of UK gig-goers that phone use is irritating, do you approve of it or are you neutral?