I was just reading this article about some bands that are taking steps to eliminate cell-phone usage almost completely, going as far as to stop the show and remove those in the audience who even have them out, much less are taking video or pics.
Me, personally, I am 100% guilty. However, I am 100% still into the show. I'm not the type they describe who's just there because it's the place to be, I only go to see acts that I am heavily in to, and I'm also not using my phone to browse or any of that crap while the act is performing. But I like preserving the memories and having them a touch away for the future. I've also learned to preserve my battery, haha, and only do a few songs, usually those with the slower tempo. I want to go buck when that banger comes on and I put my phone away. I don't think a single performer that I've seen live has thought, '**** that guy, what's he even here for'.
However, I see where they're coming from. Crowds' emotions have changed drastically since everybody got a smartphone and an insatiable desire for social media popularity. Audiences have become a sea of smartphone wavers and it's true, you can't really take video and move with the music all that well. Performers feed off of crowd energy and it's just not there like it used to be. Although I do think it's a little unfair to presume that these people are disinterested, IMO.
What about you guys?