The selfie stick was probably the most controversial accessory of 2014. The first time I saw one was at London Fashion Week, earlier in 2014, and I planned on buying one but honestly forgot about it 5 seconds after seeing it. It wasn’t that big a craze back then.
While I was in Australia last December, its popularity had grown and I saw the selfie stick everywhere. Saroeuth and I went hunting for one after Christmas but it was sold out everywhere. We eventually pick up a Bluetooth version at the Vodafone shop.
Now I get why people think this so-called ‘narcisstick’ is ridiculous but honestly when you’re out and about sightseeing it’s a great tool to have. Instead of stopping people to take your pic and risking your phone falling or getting stolen, you can just do it yourself.
Off course, not everyone agrees with this argument. Saroeuth’s husband and my dear friend, Jarko, was not impressed with me walking around with my selfie stick and he became even less impressed every time I asked him to hold it for me while Saroeuth took pictures with the SLR camera. He was so embarrassed to be seen with it, he actually used his hat to hide it!
I, however, loved using it to take pictures, especially with my friends. They were all able to be in the pictures instead of one having to be behind the camera.
And the best part is being able to take as many pics as you want to get the right one. How many times have we have all had a stranger take a blurry/bad image of us and that being the memory we’re stuck with for the rest of our lives.
It may not be for everyone but I ‘ve embraced my selfie stick. While I’m definitely not a selfie a day person, I do find it useful when I’m travelling.
Let me know if you’re a selfie stick lover or hater in the comments section.