Falling off a high location is one of the most common causes of selfie-related deaths. And last week, a desire for a perfect snapshot took away two more young lives. Vishnu Viswanath and his wife Meenakshi Moorthy wanted to take a selfie at Yosemite National Park when they were trying to photograph themselves and the spectacular view at Taft Point.
It’s sad but true that nowadays it’s hard to imagine our social media feeds without selfies. And what’s even sadder is that people get killed while trying to capture the most like-worthy snapshot of themselves.
The selfie as a phenomenon has already been a topic of studies, and a recently published one explores the issue of fatal selfies. A team of researchers has published the results, exploring the numbers of selfie-related deaths, as well as the main reasons behind these tragedies.
We have heard of many accidents that occurred because of a selfie. Sadly, another one happened on Wednesday when an Israeli hiker was found dead in Yosemite National Park. Reportedly, the young man fell to his death while trying to take a photo of himself.
What’s the best way to ensure that you’ll get the perfect selfie at a famous landmark? Well, smack whoever tries to take that ideal spot you picked! Of course, I’m not being serious here, but two women at Trevi Fountain in Rome actually got into a fight over a selfie. And what’s more, even their families got involved and the police had to intervene.
Have you noticed all those people around you who are constantly trying to capture a perfect selfie or holiday snapshot? This compilation from Ozzy Man Reviews will show you why acting like this can be dangerous. But also, it shows how people who constantly take snapshots with their phones can make our lives more interesting.
There you are, paragliding away at 2,500ft, so you whip out your phone to take a quick selfie. Who wouldn’t, right? Well, this one unnamed paraglider thought the same. Not only did he pull out his phone, but he also put it on the end of a selfie stick. After a few seemingly successful shots, he pulls it back in and as he removes the phone from the stick, it falls and plummets to the ground. From 2,500ft.
Is this the ultimate accidental phone drop test? The paraglider is also wearing a camera on his helmet, presumably a GoPro, but from this footage, once the phone slips, it’s impossible to spot.
How stupid people can act just to get photos probably shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but it still does. A French family recently visited Beekse Bergen safari park in the Netherlands, where they got out of the car to take photos of cheetahs. And the big cats acted naturally: they started chasing the family because they were invading their territory.
I thought the wave of stupid selfie deaths had ended, although it seems you’re still more likely to die from a selfie than a shark attack. The latest in the long line of no-longer-with-us selfie shooters is Prabhu Bhatara. The Independent report that after stopping to go to the toilet on his way home from a wedding, Bhataru spotted an injured bear in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India.
They say that fellow passengers suggested it might not be the best idea for him to take a photo with the animal. But it seems that he knew better and tried anyway. After getting close to the bear, it struck out, which was followed by a struggle between the two. They also report that a stray dog came to the man’s defence and bit the bear, while onlookers, umm… looked on, but it failed to deter the bear.
On August 4, a family who visited Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, UK damaged an 800-year-old sandstone coffin. I bet you can guess why – to take a photo. The parents lifted their child over the barrier so he could reach the coffin. This is when a part of the artifact fell from its stand and a chunk of it broke off.
To make things worse, the visitors didn’t report the damage to the staff. Instead, they tried to sneak away from the museum, but they were caught on security cameras.