Selfies More Dangerous Than Sharks?! That’s What the Stats Say…

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When the selfie went from being a fad to a phenomenon, we embraced it with open arms. When we say our social media news feeds full of selfies, we ‘liked’ or double-tapped them dutifully. But now, accepting the idea of “selfie deaths” is somewhat more difficult.

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Yes, selfies have now been added to the list of possible causes for death in human beings. Statistical records suggest that in 2015, more selfie-taking-activities ended in loss of human life than shark attacks. While the latter have been responsible for 8 deaths (out of a total of 74 incidents of unprovoked shark violence), selfie-related accidents have led to 12 reported deaths. Yes, 12 people’s desire for a killer selfie (pun intended, sorry!) has led them to their deathbed.

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You’re probably wondering how selfies have turned out to be this fatal. Well, 4 of the 12 incidents were related to falls incurred in the process of clicking a selfie. For instance, recent reports suggest that a 66-year-old Japanese tourist succumbed to injuries that occurred when he fell down some steps at the Taj Mahal while trying to click a selfie.

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Similar incidents, albeit at different locales and modes of occurrence, have been observed across the world; not all have been fatal, though 4 people have certifiably died of selfie-related falls. Other than this, train-related selfies have taken a major toll on human life. Those who met their tragic end this way were either trying to click a picture with a train or tried to use some dangerous train equipment while getting the shot. Some isolated freak incidents have also been observed, such as where a 19-year-old American male died by shooting himself in his throat by accident, while trying to take a selfie with a loaded gun.

All these reports make you think – has the selfie mania gone too far? When the American Psychology Association deemed selfie-clicking a disorder, we laughed it off as a gross exaggeration. But now, one is forced to think – it can’t be particularly healthy if “selfie deaths” have become a reality!

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