As a father and a grandfather, I am familiar with the phrase, "Everybody does it."
Having said that, I have to say this: "This is dangerous."
I'm not talking the usual texting while driving, talking with your mouth full, or the evils of super-large sugary drinks.
I'm talking about selfies.
I know all the cool people do it. We saw that at the Oscars. Course it turned out they had a deal with the sponsors.
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz couldn't help himself when he got to the White House -- had to have a selfie -- turned out HE had a sponsor, too.
- Selfie overload: Obama poses for picture with Malaysian Prime Minister
- Joe Biden dives into Instagram with Obama selfie
- "Selfie" named Word of the Year for 2013
And now this: Spectators at the Tour d'France were so overcome by the selfie urge, well, some of them got themselves run over.
So I'm just going to say it: If you're going to a bike race, or a car race, or the running of the bulls, take a deep breath, then, just say no.
Truth is, after all the static the tabloids gave President Obama, if you find yourself seated next to a glamorous world leader, you might want to think twice about a selfie moment.
So to be on the safe side, satisfy the selfie urge only in the privacy of your own home, or studio.