Thousands of years from now, archeologists will be digging up remnants of our civilization and I can already hear them saying, “These are selfie sticks. For reasons still unknown, people carried them around constantly.”
Photo by Zandy Mangold, Courtesy of The New York Post.
In New York City, some museums have banned selfie sticks because they are distracting and irritating to other museum goers.
Plus, it ain’t cool to damage artwork with a big narcissistic stick.
Some sports and music stadiums have followed suit. But you can still find selfie sticks everywhere. Especially in big tourist destinations.
On a recent trip to New York City, they were all over the place.
(By the way, in case you think you need a really long arm to snap a photo with a selfie stick – you either use the camera timer or fancier ones come with Bluetooth remotes or handle buttons.)
The selfie stick is really just another way to not talk to people. Because remember when we all asked strangers to take our photo? It was usually a nice, awkward moment – strangers helping strangers get the best vacation photos.
And if their photography skills sucked? Not a problem in the digital age. Let them walk away, delete the photo and ask someone new.
In fact, while I was hanging out on The High Line in NYC, some guys from London (who did not own a selfie stick) went retro and asked me to take their photo.
So I did.
Wouldn’t it have been sad if these guys just took a photo on their own?
You know, that boy in the middle looks a little small. These guys may have been photobombed by some kid with a backpack and blue chips.
In full disclosure, our family does own a selfie stick (it was a gift – I swear) and my kids have a lot of fun with it. But I just can’t imagine taking it on vacation with me.
Perhaps I’m just not seeing the genius in it yet. I mean at one time I did think cell phones were some kind of silly, passing fad. Because seriously, who needs to have a cell phone in their back pocket at all times?!
Umm… I do.