We have all felt the need to share our concert experiences with the world via Snapchat at one point or another, but we’ve forgotten to stop and think about whether or not the world wants to see our song-filled stories.
“Usually the videos are really poor quality,” junior Clayton Smith said, “and when you put an hour of concert on your story, it’s just a bunch of work for me to click through.”
Senior Allie Cook says she has a love-hate relationship with concert Snapchat stories.
“Some of my friends went to see Beyoncé and everyone putting the entire concert on their Snapchat story made me really happy because I could watch along,” Cook said. “But it’s also aggravating to have to watch the same things over and over again if multiple people post.”
Sophomore Madison Ramsey doesn’t see the point of buying concert tickets if the attendee is just going to hide behind a screen. She said you might as well just watch YouTube videos of the performer.
“If a person has spent money going to a concert, then they shouldn’t be worried about making sure that everyone else knows that they’re there,” Ramsey said. “They should enjoy it for themselves.”
Cook shares her frustrations with Snapchatters who miss out on great music because they’re worried about social media presentation instead of the performance itself.
“If you’re Snapchatting the entire concert are you even paying attention to it?” Cook said. “Or are you just kind of watching it via your phone screen because you want to prove to everyone else that you’re there?”
Although some people would rather put down their phones and enjoy the music, others claim that they record such a large portion of the show because they want to remember it later on.
“I understand that a lot of times people don’t want to forget the concert so they want to put it on their story, but as a person who watches stories, I just think they’re long and annoying. Just take a video instead.” Ramsey said.
Cook, a former concert-Snapchatter, has recently taken a new stance on the subject. “I used to be guilty of putting concerts on my Snapchat, especially songs that I really love, but then I realized that I want to enjoy the concert,” Cook said. “I don’t want to be looking at my phone the whole time and miss something awesome that’s happening right in front of me.”