Kellie Pickler Wants You to Put Your Phone Away at Her Concerts
Kellie Pickler thinks that fans should put their cell phones down while out at concerts.
The country singer says that she believes that fans should live more in the moment and be part of the concert experience, not just try to capture it on their phones.
“There is no eye contact anymore,” Pickler tells InStyle. “At my concerts, when I’m performing, sometimes all I notice are people’s phones. It’s very distracting. I think about the people who paid all this money to be in the front row, and they’re holding up their phones. They could have sat at home and watched me on YouTube.”
Pickler adds that she performs more for the people paying attention to her show, rather than for the ones with their phones out.
“If someone is standing with their phone in front of their face the whole time, there is a barrier. It’s like they put up a shield that says they don’t want to be bothered. It’s rude and disrespectful," the singer explains. "I’d much rather spend my time engaging with someone and thinking to myself why they connect with the song. You have to be present. You have to be in the moment.”
Pickler also isn't the biggest supporter of social media.
"I think it is one of the most toxic things that this younger generation has," she reflects. "Kids validate themselves based on how many people like their picture on Instagram, and that’s really sad. It’s so silly."
Adds Pickler, "You have to know when to disconnect from that world, or you lose yourself really fast. I’d rather have coffee or a drink and just talk in person. I’m all about eye contact. I live in the present.”
More information about Pickler's upcoming shows can be found on her website.
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