Sometimes There’s Too Much Technology

29 Jun

I couldn’t believe what I was watching. It must be this new techno-crazy-iPhone generation.

I woke up early this morning, with purpose. Usually I wake up to the sounds of a crying baby at 6:30 in the morning, with my only purpose being going back to sleep as soon as possible.

But today, it was Maroon 5 that woke me up.

My son likes Adam Levine. He’s a huge fan of his songs. So when I found out they were going to be on the TODAY Show. We woke up and decided to catch the show.

Apparently over 10,000 people showed up to see Maroon 5 perform. They took the stage and began some of their famous tunes. He started with Moves Like Jagger, followed by Payphone, and One More Night.

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As my three-year old son stood on the bed, dancing and jumping up and down, I noticed something. Nobody in the front rows was dancing. Nobody was letting loose. Well, maybe one or two fans, but the majority were standing there. They were smiling, but no one was enjoying the show. Maybe the people way in the back, the ones not shown on television. But everyone else in the front row was standing with their arms up in the air holding their phones and cameras.

I couldn’t believe it. There was no dancing. No jumping with excitement. They were so busy trying to capture the moment with their recording devices that they actually missed the moment.

This dude … this band travels to places like Tai Pei, Buenos Aires, Indonesia, and Australia. Thousands of miles away from the States. Today they were up close and personal at a free concert in New York, that only cost them sleep. And they didn’t go wild with dance moves and enthusiasm, because they needed to hold the camera just right.

They were looking at Maroon 5 through a small camera screen, instead of just looking up at them in person.

I didn’t get it.

I’m all for recording special moments, but sometimes there’s just too much technology.

I turned to look at my son, he was fully enjoying the moment. Dancing away, jumping on the bed and using the remote control as his microphone.

No need for recording devices there, I’m gonna remember that.


5 Responses to “Sometimes There’s Too Much Technology”

  1. Krystal Rose July 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

    I totally agree with you. I remember when I went to a similar outing where The Script was playing a free outdoor show here in South Florida and while I was super excited to be there, I noticed that my view was blocked in some instances due to a phone being in front of me recording the performance. I love my iphone but I love the moments even more. Glad your son has the right idea. 😀 May he stay simple and sweet as his 3 year old self for as long as possible before venturing into this technology filled craziness.

    • The Guat July 2, 2012 at 12:04 AM #

      Ahhhhh! I am so glad someone else agrees that getting your view obstructed by someone’s iPhone sucks. You are there to watch a live show…live being the key word 🙂 I’m glad my son enjoys those moments, I hope he stays that way too 🙂

  2. Marcia Clarke July 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM #

    I agree with you on this one, Guat. The other thing that bothers me to no end? People don’t party like I used to when I was growing up. When we had a party, we danced like there was no tomorrow and enjoyed each other’s company. These days they just sit around at “parties” talking and drinking. What’s up with that?

    • The Guat July 20, 2012 at 1:15 AM #

      I hear you on this one. What’s up with holding the wall or not putting your drink on the table when Capullo y Sorullo or Juana La Cubana comes blaring out of the speakers? Que onda!

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