Selfies deadlier than sharks: Selfie Deaths

Published: September 24, 2015

Selfies deadlier than sharks: Selfie Deaths, A Texas teenager made national headlines in early September when he accidentally shot and killed himself while holding a gun and taking selfies.

A Japanese tourist also died this month when he slipped and fell down the stairs at India’s Taj Mahal monument.

Unfortunately, headlines like these are becoming more and more common and increasingly bizarre.

Mashable crunched the numbers and discovered 12 people have died in selfie-related accidents so far this year. That’s more deaths that caused by shark attacks. That number is at eight.

According to the report, four of these selfie-related deaths were caused by falling. Others were due to selfie takers (or posers) being hit by trains.

Some countries and organizations are taking extra cautions to prevent causalities, including banning selfie sticks and closing all together.

Russia recently started a Safe Selfie campaign due to electrocution and gunshot deaths caused by selfie taking.

“Even a million ‘likes’ on social media are not worth your life and well-being,” the campaign states.

Waterton Canyon in Colorado closed temporarily in late August due to the amount of tourists taking snapshots with bears.

“We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try and get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears,” Brandon Ransom, Denver Water’s manager of recreation, posted on the park’s blog. “The current situation is not conducive for the safety of our visitors or the well-being of the wildlife.”


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