Death by Selfie: everything for the perfect photo

Are you the type of person who enjoys taking the perfect selfies? Be careful, as this might be the last thing to do, especially if you can’t wait to take the perfect photos and are ready to take a little … or a lot. The next time you get a little closer to the edge of a cliff so everyone can see your smiling face in the midst of an awe-inspiring scenery, think twice or you might not live to tell. the story. And no, it’s not a joke, you’d be surprised how many fatal cases there have been …

Did you know 259 people have died taking selfies? Yes, this is the real result of a new study carried out by researchers in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. I repeat, this is not a joke. From October 2011 to November 2017, all of these deaths were recorded worldwide. According to the study, India has the highest number of deaths, with 159 deaths, followed by Russia, the United States and Pakistan.

In India, the problem has become so serious that the government in Mumbai announced in 2016 the existence of “selfie-free zones” to warn of the dangers of this practice. It has become a public health issue there. Yes, it is a modern epidemic.

Cause of death: selfie

Falls from cliffs, attacks from dangerous animals, electrocutions, car accidents, it’s all on the menu, but the main cause is undoubtedly drowning. It’s easy to imagine: a friend says to the other: “We’re going to jump into the water with the phone in our hands and take a picture.” Some people do this without even knowing how to swim, because the selfie is all that matters to them. And no, it’s not a question worth taking lightly, but when I read this report, I can’t believe it. Why would someone take a picture of themselves running in front of a moving train? Is the image really going to look this good on social media platforms?

Causes of selfie death

Animals 8
Drowning 70
Electrocution 16
Falls 48
Fire 48
Fire arms 11
Transport 51
Other 7
Total 259

And I’m afraid, my friends, that this has something to do with it. More than 85% of those who died were between 10 and 30 years old. And it does not stop there. There have already been cases in 2018. An 18-year-old boy fell off a cliff in Yosemite National Park while trying to take a selfie by a waterfall, and his mother broke the news to the media. In another case, a man got too close to an injured bear and was attacked… and so on. We’ll spare you the horrible details.

A dark trend

We are getting to a point where things are getting out of hand. Social media has made fools of us. I’m sorry, but that’s how it is. Thanks to them, we are more connected and up to date with the latest news and trends, but why are selfies so important? I admit that I actively use Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and upload photos very often, this is true. It seems a stretch to say that I am risking my life. What happens to human beings?

Why is it so important to take the perfect photo? Even if you wanted to, you won’t hang it in your living room, but you will do it to gain acceptance from “friends” on social media… that doesn’t make sense to me.

Dying with a smartphone in your hands … how did human stupidity get to this point? Let us know what you think of this topic in the comments!