When I was in Rome I took a selfie in a bathroom mirror. I hardly ever take selfies, but I did that night because I was wearing my Laguna shawl that I thought I'd share for #memademay (an initiative on Instagram among all handmakers that runs for the month of May - if you're interested, search the hashtag to see sewing, knitting and crochet projects, materials used and lots of comments). This particular Roman mirror happened to be perfect for a selfie: the right hight and size to capture my shawl, and the right background because - let's be frank - when you take a bathroom selfie, which is where you can count on finding a mirror, the background isn’t always the most inspiring. In my own bathroom, for example, you get a fine view of the toilet in the background! Honestly, didn't the builders consider selfies when they planned the bathroom?? Obviously not, but maybe they were clairvoyant, and knew that bathroom mirrors for selfies would soon be made obsolete, by selfie-sticks.
I don't know about other countries, but selfie-sticks have become something of a plague here in Italy. The (illegal) street market run by immigrant vendors has taken over selfie stick business - and migrants seem to be very good at detecting what items will sell well. Wherever you go in Italy, whether in Piazza del Duomo in Milan, or a beach in Liguria, or just about anywhere in Rome (to name the few places I've been recently), you're sure to find vendors waving selfie-sticks under your nose and trying to entice you buy. In fact lots of people do buy, and then take selfies with pretty backgrounds, altogether eliminating the toilet-in-the-background issue that bathroom selfies can pose.
Nowadays, when you go to Piazza del Duomo, Milan, or to a beach in Liguria, or just about anywhere in Rome, you'll see plenty of people who've traveled from afar and who take selfies with monuments or landscapes in the background (we’ve seen tourists at the top of Giotto's Bell Tower, 84.7 meters (or 278 feet) high, extending the sticks out into the void to take a selfie - you just have to hope that those phones don't fall off the stick and smack someone down below).
Once upon a time, people would travel with a guidebook, to learn about the art, history, beauty and other cultures they were seeing. Now they travel with smart phones and selfie-sticks: they wander around gazing at their screens for directions, and pose in front of monuments to take photos of themselves. Why travel at all? Wouldn't it be easier just to remodel your bathroom, add some exotic wallpaper (and maybe a scale model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Eiffel Tower), and shoot a bunch of bathroom selfies?