Friday, November 13, 2015

There are nearly one million photos on Instagram tagged #SelfieStick.
(Photo: Bacon is Magic)
By Ayngelina Brogan / Bacon is MagicWhen we landed in Rome, we must have been the only people there without a selfie stick.
At first we first turned up our travel snob noses, passing tacky tourists foolishly taking
photos, and waved away the street hawkers with disdain.
But 24 hours later, the sticks started to look list a good idea.
At five feet tall, I certainly don"t have the arm span to take photos and Dave is no giant either.The selfie stick is awesome, not just for solo travelers but also for couples who both want to be in the photo.
And yet the selfie stick is also obnoxious it brings out the "jerk traveler" in everyone.
It"s not surprising that selfie sticks have been banned in most museums, Brazilian soccer stadiums and many music festivals.Selfie sticks are basically just monopods.
Extreme sports athletes have been using them for ages for action shots and video.
But with the selfie trend spreading faster than the Bubonic plague it was inevitable that our must-have accessories would evolve past the outstretched arm into an extendable stick.Related: Selfie-Stick Hate is Growing: Versailles and British National Gallery Are Latest to Ban Them We also learned that it"s banned in the Colosseum in Rome, but hey there"s no ban outside! (Photo: Bacon is Magic)
Selfie sticks may be obnoxious, but we don"t care.
Using one gives us an opportunity to take photos without harassing a fellow traveler to take a
horribly composed shot.
I saw a nun trying to take a photo of herself outside the Vatican and she couldn"t get everything she wanted in the shot ; that nun needed a selfie stick!Related: They Did What? Travel Selfies Gone
Terribly Wrong If we all agreed upon a few rules of selfie stick etiquette I think we could learn how to use them without being completely narcissistic travelers.
Here are our suggestions: Selfie Stick Etiquette
1.Don't usethem in crowded spaces.
It"s rude to take up so much space or poke someone's eye out while you turn to get just the right angle.
Don"t whip it out and hog
the view, be mindful of your surroundings and other travelers.
You aren"t the only one trying to take photos.

2.Don"t use a selfie stick indoors.
Do youreally need a photo of you next to the Mona Lisa? Probably not.

3.Let"s all agree not to use selfie sticks near cliffs, subway station platforms, or anywhere else where it"s too easy to step back and plummet to our death.

Related: So Sad, So Dumb. Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks

4.Have some cultural sensitivity, it"s not appropriate to pull out a selfie stick in cemeteries, disaster sites, or war zones.
I was shocked when I saw people posing with smiling faces at the 911 Memorial in New York.

5.Be aware that using a selfie stick puts you and your phone in a precarious
situation 2014; it's easy for thieves to snatch and run.
As someone who has been robbed in Vietnam, robbed in Nicaragua, and with my sister when she was
robbed in Quito, Ecuador, I"m wary of tempting thieves by dangling expensive goods.One final word of caution: Selfie sticks can be dangerous.
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(Photo: Bacon is Magic) By Ayngelina Brogan / Bacon is Magic When we landed in Rome, we must
have been the only people there without a selfie stick.
At first we first turned up our travel snob noses, passing tacky tourists foolishly taking
photos, and waved away the street hawkers with disdain.
But 24 hours later, the sticks started to look list a good idea..There are nearly one million
photos on Instagram tagged #SelfieStick.
(Photo: Bacon is Magic) By Ayngelina Brogan / Bacon is Magic When we landed in Rome, we must have been the only people there without a selfie stick.
At first we first turned up our travel snob noses, passing tacky tourists foolishly taking photos, and waved away the street hawkers with disdain.
But 24 hours later, the sticks started to look list a good idea.

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