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At Norway’s Oya Festival, a Sea of Hands but Few People Filming With Cell Phones

At Norway's Oya Festival, a Sea of Hands but Few People Filming With Cell Phones 1

Cultural variations about not wanting to face out or trouble others are among the many the explanation why Norwegians are bucking the worldwide obsession with smartphone movies of music occasions.

Pageant-goers accustomed to the ever present smartphone-filming of reveals within the U.S. and plenty of different components of the world noticed one thing markedly totally different at Norway’s Øya Pageant final week: a sea of arms within the air that weren’t clutching a cellphone.

It seems that the apply of filming artists shouldn’t be a factor in Norway. Actually, it’s usually frowned upon.

“A lot of Norwegians take pride in not always being on our phones,” mentioned Rebekka Nilsson, a 30-year-old resident of Drammen, Norway, who attended the final day of the four-day competition, which ended on Saturday evening.

Nilsson mentioned she by no means movies herself, and that she feels “sorry for people who are constantly using their phones during concerts, because it takes something away from the live experience.”

It´s definitely not an absence of sensible telephones that explains the dearth of filming. In Norway, one of many world´s most affluent international locations, 95 p.c of adults are sensible cellphone customers, and web penetration is at 98 p.c, based on Norwegian authorities statistics. Norwegians are additionally avid social media customers.

But shockingly few folks put their telephones within the air whereas watching their favourite artists play.

That was the case, a minimum of, at Øya in Oslo final week, the place filming appeared virtually non-existent, regardless of various large performances like The Remedy, Sigrid, Robyn and Tame Impala.

Seen from an American perspective, the scene on the Øya competition felt extra just like the years earlier than 2007, when Apple created the iPhone. Within the U.S., filming at concert events has elevated as cameras on the telephones have improved, with attendees posting movies and images on social media — or utilizing the apply to flee having to socialize on the occasions.

At Øya, the few folks that did movie appeared to do it for just a few seconds after which put their telephones away.

The the explanation why come right down to cultural variations. Norwegian tradition prides itself on being an egalitarian one, the place folks attempt to not stand out an excessive amount of. And Norwegians are usually fairly introverted, so breaking unwritten guidelines can typically convey some undesirable consideration and disgrace.

Unusually, festival-goers Billboard spoke to mentioned there may be virtually a counter-intuitive generational distinction within the perspective about cellphone filming. Youthful competition goers expressed deep disdain for individuals who movie for longer durations of time.

Milla Osland, 16, and Mathias Wiik Rafoss, 17, each agreed that various seconds of filming is annoying. Rafoss mentioned he has even advised a concert-goer who was filming to place his cellphone away.

However Oslo resident Joakim Borgen, 30, mentioned his father movies lots throughout concert events, which he doesn’t agree with. Rune Larsen, 52, admitted he typically movies throughout concert events, principally to “show my friends what they are missing.”

Nonetheless, for Norwegians who’re retaining the cellphone of their pocket or purse it boils down to creating a aware option to benefit from the second. “When you’re on your phone it’s impossible to enjoy the full concert,” Rafoss mentioned. “It’s a complete experience, and much more than what a screen can encompass.”


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