Dads with selfie sticks are the gift that keeps on giving

In the history of holiday giving, there is no gift more quintessentially “dad” than the selfie stick. What else would you get for the man who tells dirty jokes about penguins, comes up with those lame jokes about celebrities that make you roll your eyes, and sends you emails reminiscing about pudding?

This year, dads everywhere got their hands on some selfie sticks, and the photos that wound up on Twitter could only be described as “peak dad.”

Some people consider the selfie stick a tool for capturing and distributing our vanity. Some call it a sign of humanity’s downfall. Many people on Twitter have deemed it the “narcissistick.” The selfie stick isn’t necessarily a new idea, but it’s only recently companies have figured out how to capitalize on our desire to take photos from the front. Origins of the selfie stick go as far back as 1926.

If you scroll through all the dad photos on social media, it’s clear they’re not using their elongated gifts because of some narcissistic drive to see what they look like and share photos across the Internet. Rather, their new devices are simply companions to their goofy behavior which can now be documented from a few feet away. They torment wives and take toilet selfies—it’s almost as if selfie sticks were made just for dads.

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Or dads of dads.

Even dad celebrities get in on the selfie stick.

The next time someone criticizes the selfie stick, ask them why it’s so egotistical. The aluminum rod is all about self-expression and quirkiness. And an excuse to take a photo of yourself on the toilet.

Photo by Michelle M.F./Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Selena Larson

Selena Larson

Selena Larson is a technology reporter based in San Francisco who writes about the intersection of technology and culture. Her work explores new technologies and the way they impact industries, human behavior, and security and privacy. Since leaving the Daily Dot, she's reported for CNN Money and done technical writing for cybersecurity firm Dragos.