South Korea Wants To Punish Selfie-Stick Retailers – For All The Wrong Reasons

This is a step in the right direction, but for all the wrong reasons.


If 2013 was the year of selfies, then 2014 was most definitely the year of new selfie trends – such as the Oscars selfie, the no make-up selfie and the protest selfie. However, the past 11 months also witnessed the emergence of what could probably qualify as the most annoying photo craze to date – yes, we are indeed referring to the “selfie-stick” obsession.

Although it has been around for years, the selfie-stick started appearing in news earlier in March when it became a popular trend among Asian teenagers.

But now it seems one country has had enough of it.

The South Korean government recently unveiled its plans to detain retailers of uncertified camera unipods, threatening fines of up to 30 million won ($27,000) and prison time of as long as three years.

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According to Korea’s Ministry of Science, the problem lies with the Bluetooth functionality of these devices.

“The problem is that these devices are classified as communications equipment and have to be tested and obtain certification about the level of electromagnetic radiation they emit before being commercially distributed,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Electromagnetic radiation from communications equipment, which generally isn’t harmful to people, can interfere with surrounding electronic devices, according to the ministry.”

Since the government has found “a number of” uncertified Bluetooth-connected selfie-sticks are being sold, a “heavy crackdown,” will soon be launched by the concerned authorities.

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While the Korean government is taking a step in the right direction, they are, unfortunately, taking a much-needed stand against selfie-sticks for all the wrong reasons.

The selfie-stick needs to be permanently banned because:

A: It is extremely stupid-looking

B: It is designed to avoid all kinds of human interaction

C: It’s super vain

D: What’s the point of having an ugly rod in a selfie?

E: Again, it’s extremely stupid-looking

Hopefully, someone will soon see the light and ban these outrageous devices for good.

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