Wanna a better selfie? Get a selfie stick
Wanna a better selfie? Get a selfie stick Tourists use a selfie stick on the Trocadero Square, with the Eiffel Tower in background, in Paris (AP photos)
Wanna a better selfie? Get a selfie stick
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Selfies are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a picture of yourself with a landmark in the background, you might have asked a passer-by to take the photo.

Now, though, gadgets called selfie sticks make it easy. Fans say the expandable rods, which allow users to hold their cellphones a few feet away, are the ultimate convenience. No more bothering passers-by to take pictures. No more fretting about strangers taking lousy shots.

But critics express outright hatred of selfie sticks. They see them as obnoxious symbols of self-absorption. They even have a derisive name for them: narcissi (nar-sissy) stick.

Sarah Kinling lives in Baltimore. She said she was approached "17 times" by vendors selling selfie sticks at the Colosseum in Rome.

"They're the new fanny pack. The quickest way to spot a tourist," she said. "The more I saw them in use, the more I saw how much focus people were putting on selfies. And not turning around to see what they were there to see."

When Kinling wanted a photo of herself with her sister and sister-in-law, she asked strangers to take the shot.

"Even when the other person didn't speak English, you hold your camera up and make the motion. And they understand," she said.

But some travelers say it's better to stage your own vacation photos. Andrea Garcia asked a passer-by to take her photo in Egypt. She later realized he'd zoomed in on her face, cutting out the pyramids behind her.

"I couldn't really be mad at him. He wasn't my photographer. I didn't pay him," she said.

The experience made her appreciate the selfie sticks. She sees tourists using them at 1 World Trade near her office in New York's Lower Manhattan.

"Take control of your image!" she says.

Selfie sticks are just starting to show up at attractions in the U.S. But they're found in many destinations overseas. That includes Dubai's skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa. And the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A soccer stadium in London, White Hart Lane, has even banned them. That's because they obstruct other fans' views.

The sticks range in price from $5 to $50. Simpler models merely grip the phone. So users must trigger the shot with a self-timer on the camera. More sophisticated versions use Bluetooth technology. Or they connect the phone to the stick with a cord. A button on the grip triggers the shot.

Critical thinking challenge: Selfie sticks are not available everywhere yet. Why is it easier to buy a selfie stick at a landmark?

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  • CorsonZ-Tan
    2/06/2015 - 08:46 a.m.

    Selfie sticks is a good creation. But i feel in the future it is going to be a problem. Selfie sticks is going to help a lot of people with taking pictures with famous landmarks. I think this was a good idea to make but will become a problem in the future.

  • KateS-Alb
    2/06/2015 - 06:23 p.m.

    I think the idea of a selfie stick is cool. I agree that it gets annoying when you can't get everything in the picture. I just think that they are too big to carry them around but it is a good idea.

  • sebastian.williams48
    2/06/2015 - 06:48 p.m.

    I read the article about the selfie stick. I think this can be useful and not useful. It is a stick that holds your phone at the end so you can take a selfie. It can be useful the way it works but the way I disapprove of it is you have to carry a big stick around.

  • jordynd-Koc
    2/08/2015 - 11:43 p.m.

    It's easier because you don't have to ask people to take pictures of you . I like the selfie sticks but I would feel awkward because people would stare at you. I kind of want one so I don't have to be scared someone will try to take my phone while taking a pic of me and my friends or family

  • lamplj-Nim
    2/23/2015 - 03:29 p.m.

    This is a good in insensitive. Because you can tack a pitcher with a lot of people. And you can get a good back ground.

  • SH2000
    2/24/2015 - 08:53 a.m.

    Its easier to buy a selfie sick because at a land mark because they are big places that people would take selfies at to show there friends were they are, and how they're doing and that they are having lots of fun.

  • GraceC-Phe
    2/25/2015 - 08:36 a.m.

    I think this selfie stick is a great idea because I hate asking strangers for a selfie. It gets annoying after a while and why not get a selfie stick and do it on your own. And make sure you get everyone......

  • SophiaH1-Bru
    2/27/2015 - 03:33 p.m.

    I think that it would be easier to find a 'Selfie Stick' at a landmark because there are a lot more people at a landmark rather than a grocery store or a mall. Critics express outright hatred for the devise. I think that it could be a great idea because, as the article said, you can take control of your own pictures. So overall I think that the 'Selfie Stick could be a great thing to society

  • Nataliaconcha
    5/01/2015 - 03:15 p.m.

    Mainly this article was about selfie stick, the critics experts say than this style of take photo foment them the narcissism or self-love but others person say that the selfie stick help them because when they dont have who take them the photo, theyd have than ask for some person who can help them. Unfortunately not always it is perfect and they lost the moment for a bad photo. Thats why they prefer to use the selfie stick.

    I believe than its very interesting because before i cant take me a photo without nobody than help me but with the selfie stick, i can. Moreover i know how many photos take me and i dont bother a other people with that.

    Critical thinking challenge: i think than its since there are always people visit a landmark. So than the business has this product because there sell them more easy.

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