I just read this article about a guest at Disneyland who pulled out a selfie stick on a roller coaster and forced the ride to shut down.
Here’s the thing: As a culture, cell phones have been permeating into our lives more and more over the past twenty years, and the problem is only getting worse. People on their phones walk into open manholes. They stop and take selfies in the worst places. And now selfie sticks allow people to film themselves doing all kinds of things. In some cases it’s purely innocent, but when it comes to roller coasters, selfie sticks are a real threat to safety. I’ve seen people taking selfies while driving. Selfie sticks make it easier to take selfies, and so naturally people want to push the envelope and take more outlandish pictures.
Disneyland and Disney World have banned selfie sticks, and selfie sticks have been axed from San Diego Comic Con as well. I think it’s a good step. Some people clearly aren’t capable of making good decisions.
What do you think about selfie sticks?