The public was just informed that Disney World is banning selfie sticks on its rides. This is apparently for safety-related reasons, but they also smash art and capture people carving into art. They are no longer welcome at the Palais Versailles. They have been banished from art museums. No selfie sticks at Lollopalooza. The Colosseum? No. Stop. Put the stick away. And so, we wondered: is there ever an appropriate setting in which to extend the pole?



Myka Meier

Founder and Director, Beaumont Etiquette

Etiquette is all about being thoughtful and considerate to those around you. Therefore, if you are using a selfie stick and are potentially blocking views, causing traffic, accidentally getting into someone's photo or prohibiting others from enjoying a view, it would be inappropriate to use one. 

The proper etiquette for using a selfie stick is to only use it ifwhen and where you are not hindering the experience or view for someone else. In the case of Disney World, it appears they have banned selfie sticks mostly due to safety reasons, however in an area which attracts thousands of people, it would be considered disrespectful to use one if you’re in the way of others.

The selfie stick is the 3rd most popular camera accessory on Amazon's gift suggestions.

Source: Amazon


Luke Miller

Owner of Real New York Tours

People who travel to New York usually hear through the grapevine that if you use a selfie stick, you are frowned upon. I don't think I've ever seen a person on one of our tours use a selfie stick, which I am proud to say, because the point of our company is to show people the real side of New York City where New Yorkers live, eat and hang out and we do it all by subway and foot as New Yorkers do. 

But really, what's the big deal. I see a lot of people who are traveling alone using them, or a couple that wants to get a good shot of themselves. It's become a trend in the Broadway community for shows to do cast selfies on the steps of TKTS, where they sell the Broadway show tickets.  If Broadway's doing it, I guess it's kind of tolerable. I think the bottom line is just be conscious of where you are doing it. Don't block the sidewalk or streets. That really upsets New Yorkers.

Also the term "selfie" has negative connotations because it makes us think of a self-indulgent society. If it were called the "lone traveller stick" or the "self portrait stick," we might see it differently.

In December 2014, the term "selfie stick" was googled 1.83 million times, up from 1,900 searches in the previous year. Selfie sticks were googled 1.2 million times last month.

Source: Google Adwords


South Korea's radio management agency fines citizens $26,000 for unregistered selfie sticks, since the Bluetooth camera device might interfere with radio frequencies. 

Source: BBC


Deborah Ziska

Chief Press Officer, National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art does not allow selfie sticks in order to protect the art and also for the safety of our visitors.

See number 11 on this page of our web site. [Photography for personal use is permitted except in special exhibitions and where specifically prohibited. Monopods, tripods, and selfie sticks are not permitted.]


Kelly Carnes

 Director of Communications and Marketing at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


Our policy and reasoning for banning selfie sticks is in line with the Smithsonian's ban. You can refer to the statement on our newsdesk updating our visitor security policy, for more info. 

For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Effective today, March 3, monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy.

This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions.

We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences—and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.

Last year, the New York Post reported that the company Selfie on a Stick saw a 3,000 percent sales growth in November 2014. 

Source: New York Post


ILLUSTRATION:  Hopes & Fears