POLL: Most Young Moviegoers Want Theaters to Allow Texting

According to a new survey by The Hollywood Reporter, the majority of people between the ages of 18 and 35 say that they want to be able to use social media while watching a film at a theater because it "would add to their experience."

This is just sad.

According to a new survey by The Hollywood Reporter, the majority of people between the ages of 18 and 35 say that they want to be able to use social media while watching a film at a theater because it “would add to their experience.”

The report says that people want to watch a movie in theaters the same way they would at home: being able to post on Facebook and Twitter about what they’re watching.  And with that, nearly half polled would prefer attending a theater that allows them to text and surf the web.

Are we seriously living with such a dependency on social media that we can’t go two hours without posting on Facebook?  Is a part in a movie so brilliant that we immediately have to tell our friends about it?  Or do we just really need that feeling of importance when people comment back so we could feel relevant?

The reason why one goes to a theater is to become immersed in the universe.  You are in a comfortable seat, the lights are off, and you are surrounded by the sound and overwhelmed by the picture of the film you choose to see.  You don’t go to sit there and say “Oh s**t!  I gotta tweet about that!”  That’s what your living room is for.  Use it.

But again, that’s just my opinion…If you disagree, please do let me know.

And in the meantime, enjoy this advertisement from the Alamo Drafthouse, and please don’t be this girl:

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  • Some people seem to forget it is not all about me!! Movies are shared experiences. Now all patrons want their movie experience ruined by glowing, clicking phones, and people madly texting & chattering in the theatre. To my mind the relationship some people have with their phones seems to indicate their inability to have real relationships with the people around them.

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