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Down With Selfie Sticks

Why you're better off asking a stranger to take your picture.
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Reuters/Zoran Milich

This year's Times Square New Year’s celebration saw the usual accoutrements: heavy jackets, fireworks, cheap novelty sunglasses, gobs of confetti, a large art-deco ball. But these are modern times—2015, gosh darn it—and a New York Times reporter naturally found tourists clutching that most modern of accessories: selfie sticks.

“It’s working very well,” a souvenir shop owner told the Times as he demonstrated how to use the extendable, hand-held device that allows one to take wider-frame selfies that don’t include one’s arm. “You don’t have to ask anyone for a favor to take your picture,” he said. “And that’s very New York not to bother anyone.”