Narcissism has taken a hit as museums around the world are banning the use of selfie sticks.
A selfie stick is a telescopic arm designed to be used with a mobile phone to take photos of yourself from a greater angle with the use of a remote. It’s invention dates back to 2005 by a Canadian and has gained popularity recently.
The Palace of Versailles is the latest to ban the sticks, following in the footsteps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, to name but a few.
The Palace requires guards to ask visitors to leave their sticks upon entry. The sticks pose a danger to other museum attendees and the art itself, says Le Monde.
The Colosseum in Rome has also banned the selfie stick to protect the two thousand year old monument. “The twirling around of hundreds of sticks can become unwittingly dangerous,” says spokesman Christiano Brughitta.
Even countries have taken to banning the selfie stick. South Korea has banned the “sel ca” or self camera. Individuals caught distributing the sticks can be imprisoned or fined as much as NZ$34,000. South Korean officials say the ban is due to health concerns from the device’s bluetooth capability.