Travel: The #1 Pet Peeve of 2015

Technology Has Changed Us for Good
by Lucretia Black

Over the course of the past ten years, individuals have had to adapt to the side of the social spectrum that they feel most comfortable. Prior to the dawn of social media, naturally social people would get more enjoyment out of face-to-face interactions and often times still do. The "selfie stick" has allowed naturally introverted people to engage in a seemingly annoying sport to many travelers on the go. Yes, this might be a wild accusation to some, but in the early 90's you could compare such individuals to those flying kites out in the park with the same extension of themselves for the majority to see.

Not only, are "selfie sticks" an excuse for some to utilize as a new hobby, this technology has caused enough of a distraction for travelers nearby. reports, ranked the #1 biggest travel pet peeve of 2015 with a chart topping 42% of votes has been the usage of "selfie sticks." Historic sites across the world, including Disneyland,have outlawed this tool with more sites soon to follow suit.

If you are truly utilizing one of these devices for its sole purpose, it can hinder the essence of your travels for a few main reasons: it allows for antisocial activity, it is a distraction, it can be in the way of others (depending on how active the crowd might be at the time, and can in some cases would be disruptive. If using this tool for those hard to reach group (pulling an occasional Ellen DeGeneres) or cool professional landscape photos, then I'll say go for it. Soon this fad will probably go in terms of just annoying others around you, but who knows what the future holds. Perhaps, a flying device with a remote instead?! *wink*

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