A young woman takes self-portrait with a selfie stick in central London
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#BBCtrending: The rise of 'selfie sticks'

"Selfie sticks" - handheld extendable poles for smartphones which help the user take better selfies and panoramas - are fast growing in popularity around the world. But their detractors are growing in number too.

In South Korea, selling an unregistered selfie stick can result in a fine of up to £17,000 pounds. Elsewhere, enthusiasm for the sticks is on the rise. But do critics who say they're a narcissistic scourge on society have a point?

Reporter: Anne-Marie Tomchak

Video Journalist: Neil Meads

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  • 18 Dec 2014
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