A Few Alternatives to Using a Selfie Stick

March 12, 2015

11:00 am

The reason why so many places are starting to ban the use of the selfie stick is safety. Or maybe because they’re just annoying.

I know, I know, we are a generation of narcissistic tech addicts with a need to share every moment of our lives on all social media platforms. The fact that there is a gadget devoted completed to taking perfect selfies is a reflection on our existing culture that celebrates self-indulgence. Or maybe it’s just a very useful tool. Handy or not, a number of museums throughout the world are starting to ban these “camera extension poles.”

President Obama looked pretty cool using a selfie stick on this Buzz Feed video, but even Smithsonian museums in Washington started banning them. Smithsonian officials say this is a “preventative measure to protect visitors and museum objects.” Other U.S. museums that ban selfie sticks include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Officials at Palace of Versailles outside Paris, and Britain’s National Gallery in London, announced bans, saying they need to protect artworks and other visitors. In Brazil, selfie sticks are banned from soccer stadiums because of their potential use as weapons in fights between rival fans.

The list of places banning selfie sticks is long and is likely to grow. There are alternatives to using the selfie stick, here are few:

1. Ask Someone Else to Take a Picture of You

Every time you ask, you’re more likely to get a yes than a no.

2. Enjoy Your Surroundings

If you’re traveling with friends, visiting a museum or at a music festival, enjoy the moment. I’m not a hippie, but sometimes you need to let all the gadgets go and live in the moment.


3. A Stick and Shoot Camera

Forget the selfie stick. Podo is a wireless, re-stickable camera that turns any surface into a photo booth.

4. Don’t Take a Picture of Yourself

It’s okay not to be in the picture. Unless you’re doing an awesome stunt on a skate, or happen to bump into Oprah in the elevator , it’s okay if we don’t see your face. Sometimes, the scenery itself is enough.



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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.