It’s probably in your hand right now as you text your friend or post your latest update to Facebook.

We’re all hooked to our cell phones. I get it. I really do.

But, can we all at least agree to try, I mean really, really try to make an effort to put our phones down.

I recently went to the Jake Owen concert in Danville, and just like every other concert I’ve been to, everyone around me was worried about snapping photos or recording 30-second videos of Owen that I’m sure they’ll never look at again.

Yeah, sure, I’m guilty sometimes. When I went to see Aaron Carter, I was living out my 10-year-old dream, so I tried to take as many videos and photos as I could.

But, that only lasted for maybe the first two songs, then I put it away until he played a throwback song like “Candy.”

I was more worried about memorizing every inch of Aaron Carter’s face and checking out his dance moves.

And guess what? Those videos didn’t even turn out right. For some reason, they ended up with no sound, so they were all useless.

I’m sure glad I didn’t try to record the entire concert.

I just don’t see the appeal of watching life through a screen.

I am more than guilty of using more of my free time than I should on my phone, mostly on Facebook, but when I’m out and about, I put it away.

I get it if you want to tell all of your friends that you are at a concert, but why are you trying to show them the entire concert?

Most likely whatever video or photo you take, especially from the lawn section of an amphitheatre, is going to turn out horrible.

Neither the quality nor the sound is going to be enjoyable, and honestly, what are the chances that you will even think about those videos ever again?

You won’t.

What is the appeal anyways?

Is it about getting likes on Facebook?

Is it about bragging that you are there?

Or, is this the new normal that you are trying to keep up with because all of your other friends are doing it?

Trust me, it’s not worth the hassle.

I was disappointed at the concert when my phone died, but only because I wasn’t able to tell some people where I was sitting.

I enjoyed not having to deal with it anymore. I was able to sit it down and not think about it anymore.

And, you want to know what my favorite part of the concert was? Dancing next to one of my best friends as we screamed with excitement as Jake Owen played one of our favorite songs.

Pure joy.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at