I think people using selfie sticks are after better pictures. They want better photos and more beautiful non-distorted portraits of themselves. It is not about the cult of self. Not for many.
Don’t know about you, but I witness a massive improvement in casual photography on a truly massive scale.
Check out the kind of pictures people took with the first cameraphones and older mass market cameras. See what a lot of your non-photographer friends are shooting these days and post on Instagram. So many people were introduced to editing photos just due to Instagram alone.
Yes, a lot of it is just filters, following the trend and better smartphone cameras capabilities. But the bottomline is better photography and more beautiful pixels in your daily life.
This is good. Selfie sticks are good. Tripods are good.