I recently took a trip to the Griffith Observatory with a friend of mine to watch the sunset over the Los Angeles skyline (which is, in fact, every bit as beautiful as you'd think). What wasn't beautiful, though, were the amount of selfie sticks in use that day. I'm not entirely sure where my hate for the futuristic gadget stems from but any time I see someone using a selfie stick I want to take it and beat them over the head with it, and it looks like I'm not alone in my disdain for the useless object.

Some major UK venues including London's O2 Arena and the Brixton Academy have banned their use, in a new report given by the NME. The SSE Wembley Arena will also be enforcing this new rule. A spokesperson for the report said that “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.”

The O2 has offered a more specific explanation as to why you should just stick with your arm, saying “The O2 do not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations. We welcome selfies, but please leave the stick at home.” You're also prohibited from using the sticks at White Hart Lane by the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and it seems that Manchester United and Arsenal are also looking into banning their use as well.