Nation, we’re truly living in a blissful age. Because for some reason the internet has convinced a mass quantity of easily influenced people that what they’re doing all the time is of the utmost importance and must be thoroughly documented with photographs at all times.
This narcissistic tendency to take a picture of yourself in a completely stupid or inappropriate place or time to post it online is a bigger killer than shark attacks. Seriously.
According to Mashable, 12 people have died taking selfies in 2015, while the natural-born killer sharks have only killed 8 people this year. No kidding!
This may sound crazy, but four selfie deaths were the result of falling – people get to the edge of a cliff move a little too far to the side for a perfect selfie and bam, down you go.
Just recently, a 19-year-old from Houston died after shooting himself while posing for a selfie with a loaded gun. Somehow he pulled the trigger instead of pressing the camera button! This is, of course, different than the two guys who posed with a hand grenade that they’d removed the pin from, but equally dumb.
In India, three people died while trying to pose with an oncoming train – they were hit. Railroads are dangerous! Back in May, two people in Europe died trying to pose with trains and ended up grabbing live electrical wires.
This doesn’t even include the people who just barely survived, like the Russian gun enthusiast who couldn’t operate a camera without pulling the trigger on the gun at the same time. Or the guy who took a selfie with a rattlesnake!
It’s hard not to feel sympathy for people when they experience something tragic like an accident or death, but at the same time I can’t help but thinking “you gotta be kidding me!” when I see this kind of senseless deaths.
So, next time you’re driving along a cliff face with a gun in your hand. Let your someone else take the photos.