People these days think it is a good idea to put themselves at risk in some dangerous situation just for the sake of a photographic moment to be shared on social media. That is why, a tally of selfie-related incidents leading to deaths this year comes with a startling revelation – selfie deaths in 2015 outnumber deaths from shark attacks, reports say.
Selfie deaths have become so rife in Russia that the government released a guide detailing how not to die while taking a picture of yourself. In the guide, it is advised that selfie takers don’t balance on dangerous surfaces or pose with loaded weapons, among other tips.
The 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.As highlighted in Mashable‘s website, with no idea how far some people will go for a great selfie, many landmarks have begun banning selfies — or at least selfie sticks. As Conde Nast Traveler pointed out in their article on selfies vs. sharks, in July the Russian Interior Ministry released a brochure, warning about cool selfies that “could cost you your life.” Selfie-takers are urged to take precaution with weapons, ledges, dangerous animals, trains and live wires.
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.
People were putting themselves in silly situations and posing ridiculously for their peers to notice them on social media. Social media is plagued by these images, but they are more of an annoyance than a danger. Seriously, people take them all the time. Now, there is just a need to practice basic common sense, like not putting yourself at risk for a photograph.