Korea might outlaw selfie sticks

Selfies might be a social faux pas more often than not, but in Korea, they could soon be a crime. If you’re a serious selfie-taker, you might have used a selfie stick before to up your game. It’s essentially a tripod-like beast that can wield your phone or camera for you—and, apparently, also a public health hazard. 

 As reported by The Korea Times, bluetooth-capable selfie sticks are subject to regulation, and the country is cracking down on authorized monopod-sellers. As Quartz notes, the Korean government might have concerns about how the electromagnetic waves might affect users. Other devices that transmit similar waves are regulated under the country’s Wireless Telegraphy Act, but somehow selfie sticks have squeaked through the system. 

 The consequences? Up to $27,000 in fines or a prison sentence of up to three years for anyone caught vending the unapproved accessories. Weighed against the chance of a botched selfie, we’d have to say we’d certainly lay down the selfie sticks once and for all. 

H/T Buzzfeed | Photo via Ton Schulten/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Taylor Hatmaker

Taylor Hatmaker

Taylor Hatmaker has reported on the tech industry for nearly a decade, covering privacy and government. Most recently, she was the Debug editor of the Daily Dot. Prior to that, she was a staff writer and deputy editor at ReadWrite, a tech and business reporter for Yahoo News, and the senior editor of Tecca. Her editorial interests include censorship, digital activism, LGBTQ issues, and futurist consumer tech.