I think the selfie stick is pretty great, especially when you’re hanging out with a large group of friends, and everyone wants to get into a group shot (instead of just sending the least photogenic friend to take the picture). But, the day I saw a girl using the selfie stick all by herself at the Ikeja city mall, I was filled with pity.
Maybe it’s just me, but it kinda screams ‘I don’t have friends to take my picture’, or ‘I’m too embarrassed to ask a stranger’. But with the Selfie Arm – a selfie stick that makes it seem like a human arm is holding yours – pathetic has been taken to new heights.
The designers, Aric Snee and Justin Crowe are very aware of how sad this invention makes the user look, and the Selfie Arm is still only just a prototype. Apparently, it’s just a sort of satirical commentary on our growing need to constantly show the internet that we are still very much alive, but that doesn’t mean it won’t eventually get picked up and mass-produced. Here’s to hoping it stays a prototype.