Millennial Midtown

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Millennial Midtown

Last weekend, I attended a music festival in Atlanta. I was unaware, however, that this festival was notorious for hosting thousands of middle-school-aged children. I was standing in a crowd when four 12 year old girls came and squeezed themselves right in front of us. Immediately, as if on cue, they all pulled out their phones and began recording the performing artist. They weren’t even looking at the stage, but instead at the video they were capturing on their snapchat. Then they would all turn towards each other and talk without even facing the stage or listening to the music, before they turned back to take a few more videos and eventually walk away. I couldn’t help but wonder if they even knew who was on stage.
Is social media ruining the moment of “now”? As generations are introduced to technology and social media at younger and younger ages, there is no doubt that it greatly affects the way they think and act. Rather than choosing to enjoy the festival that they spent $200 on, they are much more concerned with making sure all their followers are up to date with every little thing that is happening. You could not attend a concert without having to go on your tippy-toes to see over people holding their phones way above their head.

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Janki Patel

Janki Patel

September 18, 2018at 11:09 am

I have noticed this not just at concerts, but at weddings, graduations, etc. I feel as if people want to simply record the moment to save it for later, which they usually never go back and look at. I personally want to enjoy the moment I am currently in and maybe record a bit here and there, but I will never get the obsession of spending money on something to show my followers for “clout”

Abby Summers

Abby Summers

September 18, 2018at 11:28 am

I completely agree with this! I didn’t go to Music Midtown this year but I feel like I didn’t miss much due to the mass amounts of coverage on people’s instagram and snapchat stories. I think that millennials feel like taking the video will help them remember the experience, but if they video the entire time they didn’t experience anything other than their phone screen. I definitely feel like it takes away from everyone’s experience.

Caroline Young

Caroline Young

September 18, 2018at 12:36 pm

I like this topic because I’ve seen this a lot lately too and it drives me insane. I went to Governors Ball in New York this summer (unaware if you did not have braces and were anywhere near 21 you would not fit in). When the artist I had specifically gone to see came on I was stuck in the back behind a lot of kids doing the same thing. I started getting really angry by people who knew none of the word and got concerned they didn’t even know who was on stage. People no longer live in the moment, they live through their phones and social media.

Chloe Gibson

Chloe Gibson

September 18, 2018at 1:34 pm

Wow this is so relevant and true. I was talking to a friend’s little brother this past weekend and he said all of his girl friends were at Music Midtown. I was so shocked that people so young were attending. Unfortunately I was not one of those willing to pay $200 for a ticket this past weekend, but my sister was. She explained the same problem of young kids ruining part of her experience for a couple of reasons. Almost all of these kids are spending their parents money to go to the event so they are not as dedicated as the ones who put in the greenbacks. Another reason this crowd is so annoying is because they are too young to drink, but are doing it anyway so they are creating more attention to how young they really are.

Aleah Kadry

Aleah Kadry

September 18, 2018at 2:43 pm

This is so funny, as this is the general experience and consensus from all of my friends our age who attended music midtown. Also a shame; when I went four years ago it was mostly older people. I wrote a similar article last week about living in the now with social media/tourism. Very interesting.

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