2014 was dubbed the year of the selfie. The word is even in the Oxford English Dictionary, selfies are here to stay.
And by Christmas, selfies became infinitely more popular as hoards of boys and girls (and men and women) received a very special present on December 25: a selfie stick. A metal and plastic contraption that allows you to take a photo of yourself and those next to you, that is in focus and doesn’t cut off heads. Basically a cheap knock-off of the go-go-gadget arm.
I was one of these women. I opened the present – a gag gift, mind you – from my brother and started to laugh.
Yes, I like a good selfie as much as the next self-obsessed member of generation Y. But I’ve been a selfie stick denier since the first time I saw a tourist pull one out in New York City a couple of years ago and laughed hysterically at how silly they looked.
I was like the rest of you. I’d laugh at them, cringe internally at the imminent end of humanity, shake my head at our society’s shameless vanity and swear I’d NEVER be caught holding the silver stick of social death.
Flash forward to today and I am begging family, friends, colleagues and strangers I pass in the street to get behind this incredible invention. You see, even the biggest selfie stick denier can change her mind.
And there are 7 reasons why I’ve changed my mind.
1. You can fit everyone into your selfies.
But also – seriously. Aren’t you sick of cutting people out of group shots? My Christmas lunch table was festively long, which meant our photos would usually have been taken in two halves just to get everyone in. But the selfie stick made it possible to fit all 20 of us in frame. Even though most of us weren’t looking at the camera.