More Selfies Death Than Shark Attacks And Counting
It seems that taking a selfie is actually quite a dangerous endeavor, and many people have died while doing so.
There have been a few tragic news stories about selfie deaths in the past year or so, but until now it hasn’t been so clear exactly how rife the selfie death phenomenon really is.
You may be more afraid of sharks than selfies, but actually statistically the latter is more deadly.
It’s hard to imagine your mobile phone evoking the kind of terror associated with Jaws, but you’ve actually got more reason to be afraid of taking selfie than of encountering a Great White. Accordinto statistics, selfies are officially more deadly than sharks (and taking a selfie with a shark is downright foolhardy)
There have been twelve recorded selfie deaths in Sep 2015 so far, compared to eight people dying because of shark attacks.
Most of the selfie-related deaths have been due to falling. The next most common is when people are trying to take a selfie, and they’re hit by a moving vehicle.
A 66-year-old Japanese tourist has died, and his travel companion has been injured, after falling down stairs while attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal.
The man’s death raises the selfie-related death toll in Sep 2015 — to 12. To put that in perspective, there have so far been eight deaths caused by shark attacks in the same period.
A Polish couple living in Portugal with their two young children stumbled off a cliff edge while trying to take a selfie. The unnamed pair fell hundreds of feet from the scenic Cabo da Raca coastline, after apparently crossing a safety barrier in their quest for a striking picture. Their two children, aged five and six, witnessed the tragedy but were otherwise unharmed, the Daily Mail reports.
Yellowstone National Park has also been plagued by the problem, issuing a warning about taking selfies with bison after five people were gored.
Another man was close to losing a hand after posing with a rattlesnake, and more than one person has died snapping themselves with loaded guns.
It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn’t: The deaths are a tragic reminder to travelers that focusing on a phone screen instead of unfamiliar surroundings is not safe.
The next leading cause of deaths involving selfies was being hit or injured by trains, either because the individual was taking trying to get a photo with a train or because the photo they wanted involved getting on dangerous equipment.
It’s not clear if the number of daredevil selfies is increasing, but more and more tourists are making headlines because of their dangerous attempts at a memorable photo. Parks have closed because visitors keep trying to take selfies with bears, bull runs — an already dangerous activity — have had to expressly outlaw selfie-taking, and even Tour de France cyclists are concerned about selfie danger.
“Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of ‘likes’ could lead him on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous,” an aide to Russia’s interior minister told Al Jazeera.