Want to attend this year's Coachella music festival? Too bad, it's sold out. But if you already have a ticket, you should know that in addition to prohibited items like drones, hula hoops, sharpies, and stuffed animals, you will also no longer be able to bring selfie sticks — or as the organizers cleverly call them, "narsisstics."
Both Coachella and Lollapalooza are making headlines for the move, joining a growing consortium of international festivals and landmarks that have banned the the devices. A spokesperson for the Wembley SSE Arena in the United Kingdom, which earlier banned selfie sticks at concerts, told NME that the primary reason was to reduce the amount of obstructions for audiences.
"Selfies are a big part of the gig experience," they said. "The sticks might mean you are refused entry to the venue, so our advice is don’t bring them and stick with the tried and tested use of an arm."
While some form of the selfie stick has been around since at least the early '80s, the devices really took off in the U.S. in the last two years, with Time magazine most recently (and most unfortunately), naming it one of the 25 best inventions of 2014. Since then, dozens of companies have come up with new ways to physically extend your smartphone, with the latest even accommodating tablets. The end of the world is nigh.
For those who absolutely love their selfie sticks, Fusion has put together a running list of places and events around the world where your device is no longer welcome. These include the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, the Colosseum in Rome, the Palace of Versailles in France, and Mecca in Saudi Arabia. When in doubt, leave the sticks at home and simply bring along a a pair of selfie shoes.