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Put Down that Selfie Stick
By: Jessica Cherok
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It’s time to leave that selfie stick at home; at least, if you’re headed to a museum. Several museums around the world are banning the hottest accessory in narcissism.

The National Gallery in London is the latest in a string of museums to ban selfie sticks. The gallery, which also bans tripods, claimed the sticks could injure people or paintings, as well as degrade the visiting experience.

Other museums that have banned selfie sticks include the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Washington DC’s National Gallery. The Louvre is also said to be considering a ban.

But the bans are not just limited to museums. Many tourist attractions have also said no selfie sticks are allowed. The Palace of Versailles, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian, and others have put in restrictions as well. The overall consensus: selfie sticks are annoying.

Many, however, feel like the selfie stick is getting a bad rap. Anyone who has asked a stranger to take their picture only to find out it was terrible can appreciate the ability to control the shot. Plus, you don’t have to worry about said stranger stealing your device.

Still, selfie stick bans are only likely to increase, both for safety and ambiance reasons.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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