In the world of selfies where at least 60% of the youth today take at least one selfie a day, it is becoming a cause for concern with increase in the number of deaths caused by Selfies. Yes, people are dying taking selfies.
Death by Selfies is a situation where one or more persons were killed, either before, during or after having taken a photo of themselves, with the accident at least in part attributed to the taking of the photo. A lot of young people around the world do some outrageous and unthinkable things, in a bit to look Internet cool or wanting to take a prefect picture in a dangerous position, these people unknowingly leap to their death.
These death commonly seems to happen in water accidents, transport accidents and falling from a high place, there are also times when these death are caused by animals, electrocution, fire and firearms accident.
In July 2018, 19-year-old Gavin Zimmerman fell to his death while taking selfies on a cliff in New South Wales, Australia. That same year, one Tomer Frankfurter died in California’s Yosemite National Park in September after falling 250 meters while trying to take a selfie.When judging these cases, one most certainly tag these tragedies as catastrophically bad judgement or a miscalculation on the part of the victim which might not be the case, maybe they were not so lucky. In 2018 a study research showed that over 259 verifiable selfie-related deaths were recorded from 2011 to 2017, a quarter of these death occurred while the person taking the selfie was comfortable and was engaged in what the writers called ‘non-risky behaviour’.Another research findings stated that selfie-related deaths are most common in India, Russia, the United States and Pakistan and 72.5% of those reported are men. According to reports from Wikipedia, there is an increase in deaths that are related to selfie from 2016 to 2018.The truth is one can never be too careful when they are facing such dangerous situations, because everything can move from right to left in a jiffy. There has to be a way to stop these death and minimize the culture of selfie taking in our society. Researchers at the US National Library of Medicine recommend that no selfie zones should be introduced at dangerous spots to reduce deaths.