Selfie sticks have own set of social rules

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Rachel Reed

In 2010, the selfie began to go viral; people started to take close-up pictures of their face and posting it to social media sites such as Flickr or Instagram, according to The Guardian. Selfies were taken by the photographer/subject holding their phone in their extended arm, but there is now a selfie stick. By attaching your phone to a stick, you can get a better picture of your self and you no longer have an arm in your picture.

Despite the popularity of the selfie stick, there is a lot of controversy over the little metal rod.

People are unsure if the appearance of selfie are more of a trend or a phase, according to skift.com. “I think it's a trend that we are going to look back and be embarrassed about,” said Dallin Haycock, a junior studying interdisciplinary studies from Iowa.

With the use of selfie sticks becoming more prevalent, they have been deemed a hazard and <a href= "http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/disney-selfie-sticks-will-be-bann...”>banned from all Disney amusement parks completely</a>. Selfie sticks have also been used to <a href= "http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/selfie-stick-sex-crime-man-acc...”>spy on other people</a>.

Most college students at BYU Hawaii do not have a selfie stick. Nicole Westman, a senior studying graphic design from Iowa, is one of those students. “I’ve never used them,” said Westman. “I think it looks funny when you see everyone using them. I just think it shows society has become so much more self-centered you need a stick now to get a better picture.”

Despite the general disliking of the selfie stick, there are still students who like the item. “I think they are a good thing,” said Charlotte Burchell, a sophomore from England studying hospitality and tourism management. “Especially if you’re in Hawaii, and you are in a really cool place and you want a cool picture with friends and there aren’t people around to take it for you.”

For students at BYUH, there is a time and a place for selfie sticks, and a common opinion concedes that hiking is an appropriate location for using selfie sticks. “Say you’re doing Crouching Lion and you’re at the top with a couple people and you want a cool picture,” said Burchell. “You want someone to take a picture and there’s not good spacing, and you’re at the top of the mountain, so it’s good for that.” Haycock agreed, saying, “I think if you are with a group of people and there’s no one there to take a picture out on a hike, then it's ok.”

There is also a time and place where selfie sticks may seem unnecessary. “It’s the random people by themselves,” says Haycock. “If you’re by yourself, that’s when it gets a little weird.”

Whether you’re buying a selfie stick or not, use it wisely. “I think it's up to the person who can use them,” said Westman. “They bought it, they can use it.”

Uploaded July 13, 2015