This Behind-the-Scenes Video Reveals What Coachella Really Is Like

The festival looks amazing on Instagram. IRL? Not so much.

Coachella is one of the most envy-inducing events of the year. It's the apex of Insta-worthy affairs, and, every year, droves of celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Haily Baldwin take to social media to show what an amazing time they are having. Regular people follow suit, taking scantily-clad photos in wacky outfits to show they they, too, are cool, hip, fun, and living a better life than you.

But a YouTube video that is steadily going viral reveals what's going on behind all of these Insta-perfect posts. The depressing video makes it look like the entire festival is a veritable content farm, where all anyone does is post for selfies on their phone. No one seems to actually be there for the music, despite the fact that it's supposed to be a festival celebrating today's most influential artists, and no one seems to be having nearly as much fun as they seem to be on social media.

It's a striking indictment of tech addiction in the digital age, in which people seem to be having a way better time on their profiles than they do in their real lives. Most recently, a survey found that, to everyone's surprise, people between the ages of 18 and 22 (the prime demographic at Coachella), are the loneliest of all Americans, beating out the elderly by quite a high margin. This video is therefore yet another piece of evidence in a long list of reasons to put down your smartphone and experience real life.

If you need help doing so, check out these 11 Easy Ways to Conquer Your Smartphone Addiction.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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