Over the past few years we’ve seen selfie sticks become common. As a matter of fact they’ve become so common that many tourist attractions have had to ban them.
In theory I see why people like selfie sticks. In theory. It’s great to be able to take a selfie and get a tourist site in the background rather than asking others to take the picture for you (after all, that doesn’t always end well, as I’ve learned the hard way).
However, lately I’ve been noticing a selfie stick trend, and it’s driving me bonkers. We explored Angkor Wat in Cambodia yesterday, and there were a lot of people using selfie sticks. Fair enough.
However, what amazed me was how mindlessly people were using them:
- A vast majority of people seemed to be using selfie sticks to take pictures of things in front of them, rather than taking selfies
- My favorite were the people who had their selfie sticks fully extended to take pictures of things in front of them, but they wanted a wider angle view; rather than taking the phone off the selfie stick or at least retracting the selfie stick, the stick was three feet behind them, and they weren’t watching if it hit anyone
So, why do I care/why is this so damn annoying? Because suddenly you have a bunch of people walking with a three foot stick in front of or behind them. Dodging people at tourist sites can be difficult enough already, without the challenge of so many people walking around with a three foot stick that they’re not even using correctly.
Have you noticed this selfie stick trend, and if so, can you make sense of it?