Ban Cell Phone Usage at Concerts

Ban Cell Phone Usage at Concerts

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Raylene Hensley started this petition to Concert Promoters and Entertainment Venues

I am old enough to remember when going to a concert was an enjoyable experience. I used to be able to see that stage, the band, and even the occasional roadie, but now going to a concert is no longer enjoyable for myself now that I have to try to see the stage through a wave of cell phones popping up to either get a shot or in extreme cases record the entire show. I know I am not alone when I say that cell phone usage at concerts is a major annoyance to other patrons, concert promoters, and even the artist's themselves.

Constant texting, filming, "shutterbuging", social media posting, and the like are a major distraction to those who paid their hard earned cash to watch and enjoy their favorite group or artist perform. People are so attached to their little devices now that you can't go literally anywhere (and yes even in the public bathroom) where you are not free from people taking "selfies". Photo bombing wasn't even a thing when I was a kid and now people literally lose it if you just happen to be accidentally walking by their self proclaimed personal space. Concerts are there to be enjoyed by everyone and not just by those who choose to exercise their "entitlement" to annoy everyone around them by blocking other patron's view of the stage by parking their cell phone screens directly in your line of sight.

I believe it is our right as paying customers to be either seated in a "no cell phone zone" or to have the devices blocked at the door. There is plenty of technology available out there to block cell phones from even functioning inside of a closed venue where they are the most distracting. Labels, artists, and even the Industry themselves are too afraid of alienating fans by banning cell phones simply out of fear of losing money and sales of their products, but my take is this, what ever happened to the concept of "a little while ago", you just saw the darn thing ! Use your visual and auditory senses to imprint your experience to memory and leave your phones off, so others can enjoy the experience as well. Thank you ~ Raylene

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