Selfie sticks and stones may break your bones, but tripods will never hurt you.
While “selfies” continue to dominate Instagram feeds, our evolving vernacular and tourist attractions around the world, the “selfie stick” is an annoying and sometimes deadly tool for uninspired photographers.
Here are seven reasons why it’s time to trash your selfie stick.
1. Selfie sticks take bad photographs
Given the fact that most selfie sticks only work with cell phone cameras, they use the worst camera on your cell phone: the front facing camera. These low-resolution cameras are suitable for face-to-face calls, but typically don’t pack the same punch as the rear-facing camera. When it comes to capturing your memories, don’t sacrifice quality for convenience!
2. Our favourite attractions are banning selfie sticks
Joining the likes of Six Flags, the Palace of Versailles, Museum of Modern Art in New York and Britain’s National Gallery, Disney World banned selfie sticks this past week. Following reports of a passenger pulling out a selfie stick to snap a photo mid-ride on a roller coaster, The Happiest Place On Earth has put a total ban on cameras on sticks.
Walt with the first selfie stick ever confiscated at a Disney Park. pic.twitter.com/B6zprLI24w
— keyzus (@KJDisneyhip) December 5, 2015
3. The view
Do you remember when people went to concerts to listen to the music? These days, many people are more preoccupied with recording and posting their life on social media. Fortunately, the organizers of major music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza are joining in on the trend to ban selfie sticks. Coachella even dismissed them as “narsisstics” on a list of prohibited items.
— Shorty Awards (@shortyawards) April 8, 2015
4. Damage to your phone
This past year the average price of an iPhone was $687 U.S., yet many “photographers” trusted the safety of their smartphones to flimsy sticks.
WE MADE A SELFIE STICK pic.twitter.com/cQ1TIklL9b
— fri (@frostymendes) July 11, 2015
5. Selfie safety
In 2015, selfie sticks killed more people than sharks!
6. They look ridiculous
Have you ever heard someone say, “that person with the selfie stick knows what they’re doing?”
— People Magazine (@people) January 8, 2015
7. Selfie sticks are getting out of control
Meet the granddaddy of all selfie sticks: the MacBook Selfie Stick. This jumbo-sized selfie stick can hold an entire laptop and was created by New York City artists Moises (Art404), John Yuyi and Tom Galle.
Still need more convincing? Here’s a video clip of Morgan Freeman talking about “two grown-ass men taking pictures of themselves on a f**king stick” with Jimmy Kimmel.
Feature image photo credit: Say cheese, by Dolan Halbrook under a Creative Commons License.