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 at tourist attractions are nothing new. But until recently, if you wanted a perfectly composed picture of yourself with a landmark in the background, you might have asked a passer-by to take the photo.

Now, though, relatively new gadgets called selfie sticks make it easy to take your own wide-angled self-portraits or group shots. 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 or running off with a pricey iPhone.

But some travelers bemoan the loss of that small interaction that came with politely asking a local to help preserve a memory. And 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 of Baltimore 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 and 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, from Dubai's skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A soccer stadium in London, White Hart Lane, has even banned them because they obstruct other fans' views.

The Four Seasons Hotel in Houston just started making them available to guests, "similar to the way many hotels provide umbrellas," said hotel spokeswoman Laura Pettitt.

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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COMMENTS (274)
  • Alysseh171
    2/03/2015 - 10:40 a.m.

    I can understand why some people would by this. But why would you waste money on something that can only take pictures. Fifty dollars is a lot of money to some people.

  • Alysseh171
    2/03/2015 - 10:40 a.m.

    I can understand why some people would by this. But why would you waste money on something that can only take pictures. Fifty dollars is a lot of money to some people.

  • Ariannar103
    2/03/2015 - 10:49 a.m.

    I think selfie sticks are a great idea knowing the fact that it is super hard to take a group selfie without getting your face all squished up on the camera. I think that the $50.00 price is outrageous though i think $5.00 is okay but $50.00 is just no, no. If you ask me I would definitely get a selfie stick thought because every time i try to take a group selfie my face is always so squished.

  • Madisonm157
    2/03/2015 - 10:54 a.m.

    Now i can take a selfie without me holding the phone, it's the perfect invention for people who like taking selfies for instagram, what invention will they come up with now?

  • SeabassK-5
    2/03/2015 - 11:03 a.m.

    This article is about selfie sticks. People use them so them so they don't have to bother passer-by's to take pictures of them. Fans say that you are able to hold your cellphone only a few feet away. The only problem is that some travelers interaction that came with politely asking a local to help preserve a memory. Critics downright hate them. They see them as obnoxious symbols of self-absorption. " They are the easiest way to spot a tourist. They are the new fanny pack," said Sarah Kinling. These attractions are used over in other countries, but they are just starting to blossom in the U.S. These sticks don't cost very much if you get a $5 one. If you get a $50, then I think you're spending too much on a stick that holds your phone and takes a selfie for you. Why do some people think it is one of the worst objects in the world? Why haven't they come to the U.S. so we can use them?

    • Liligs55
      2/03/2015 - 02:29 p.m.

      I think that is pretty cool because you will tack better photos of yourself i like is because i like tacking photos of myself

  • masonwh-McM
    2/03/2015 - 11:19 a.m.

    I think the Selfie stick are easier to find at landmarks is because more people take pictures at landmark. there are cool the let take a selfie from fare away .this is way there are more popular at land marks

  • 13Maria-May
    2/03/2015 - 12:10 p.m.

    That is true. When my family was in Mexico we asked a stranger on the beach to take a picture of us, and he could have ran away with our camera. selfie sticks are smart.

  • 14EmmaL-May
    2/03/2015 - 12:28 p.m.

    Wow! A selfie stick? I never knew they made those... till now. I think I know why they sell them at land marks. Maybe they want the buyer to use the stick right away! Take a selfie at this land mark! Also if they use it a land marks the selfie stick will become more popular! Most people visit land marks. They see the stick and boom! They want one too!!! Plus this artical is good artical!

  • pablov918
    2/03/2015 - 12:45 p.m.

    this is is actually impressive because most people ask other people to take a picture of them . But this is actually dumb and cool at the same time because when your about to take a picture someone can take your phone off the stick and steal it.

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