Selfie stick isn’t really all it’s cut out to be

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By now, most people have formed an opinion on selfie sticks and just like most other things the opinions range from showing total support, to being totally against them.

I have found them to be silly because people are really becoming so lazy that they won’t ask a stranger to take a picture for them; I really enjoy the pictures where the selfie stick is clearly visible. Is that something people are doing on purpose?

I also love the people who use #selfiestick in the caption of the photos and how proud they are that they used this ridiculous piece of technology.

I have recently acquired a selfie stick and after being near tears from embarrassment for now being “that girl who has a selfie stick,” I decided to test it out.

I had never actually seen a selfie stick in use before this so it took me a minute to realize that there were two pieces.

I looked at the handle and thought to myself “how is this supposed to hold my phone,” then I discovered the second piece in the box.

After finally figuring out how to use this extremely advanced piece of technology, I had to take my first picture with the handle fully extended – which is way longer than I expected.

I had spent a couple of hours using both cameras on my phone, taking pictures of myself and my roommates and pretty much everything else in my apartment. I had way too much fun doing this.

After that first day with the selfie stick I haven’t touched it. For me, it immediately lost its fun-factor and aside from that it is also very impractical.

If I want to use my selfie stick I would have to either carry it in hand or bring a bag large enough to carry it. Then I would have to take the time to set it up and take a slightly blurry picture because it is difficult to keep your arm stable while trying to pose for a picture.

In all of that time, I could have just enjoyed the moment, but instead my attention would be pulled away from life and I could miss something really incredible.

This would all happen so that I could get a picture with all of my friends in front of a piece of scenery – in order to prove to all of my followers on social media that I have friends – and that I went to some amazing place.

For me, the selfie stick is really something that will keep me from experiencing life, rather than just living it.

 

SARAH BARTKOWIAK

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