Some days, the Internet makes being nice a challenging prospect, but we’ll give it a try here. Selfies, many of which will be burned into our memories for a very long time, are a permanent part of modern culture. I was rather humored (and simultaneously disturbed) to see selfie sticks being sold in the toy section of Walmart yesterday. Targeting consumers when they’re young, I guess, is a way to ensure long-term profitability.
However, not every great destination permits devices such as selfie sticks to be used while visiting. If you’re a self stick-toter, a new website may be your best friend. The site canibringmyselfiestick.com takes inventory of numerous landmarks around the world and gives you a simple answer as to whether or not you are allowed to bring the accessory.
With the ability to sort alphabetically, by location, or by type of attraction, the site gives you a simple yes or no answer as to whether or not your magic stick is allowed. While not a comprehensive list by any stretch, we’re assuming the listings will continue to grow as people report back on the important question.
Looking at things logically, though, I have to wonder why an increasing number of places are banning them. I can see one side of the argument in that careless use would result in injury (even if only minor) to others or perhaps cause damage to property. On the other hand, I have to admit that most application of the devices that I have witnessed result in a much safer approach to selfie-ing as opposed to all of the stretching, twisting, and leaning that traditionally accompanies the practice. This is particularly true of certain locations I have visited where a sudden slip could send a person plummeting down a 90-foot rock wall.
Regardless of the arguments for or against them, always practice safe selfies, whether or have a stick or not.
[via Popular Photography]