You’re More Likely To Die While Taking A Selfie Than You Are From A Shark Attack

Sep 22, 2015

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You’re More Likely To Die While Taking A Selfie Than You Are From A Shark Attack

Sep 22, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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6741931507_3d6e81a57d_bI have to say, if I die from a freak accident, I hope it involves a shark attack rather than taking a selfie. If you feel similarly, the odds may be stacked against you. In an article posted today in the Telegraph, it was revealed that more people have died from a selfie gone wrong than have died from shark attacks this year. 

I think for a lot of people, this doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise. We’ve covered quite a few selfie related deaths ranging from a pilot who downed his plane while taking selfies to the latest incident, a Japanese tourist who fell to his death at the Taj Mahal. In comparison, the shark related stories we’ve covered all turned out just fine for the photographers involved–like the surf photographer in the water during the Mick Fanning shark encounter or the brave scientist who rode around on a floating whale carcass to photograph the sharks that were eating it (yeah, that really happened.)

According to the Telegraph, 2015 has seen 12 selfie related deaths and only 8 shark related deaths. The majority of the selfie related deaths involved individuals ranging from 18-22. Now, there’s even a Wikipedia page dedicated solely to selfie-related injuries and deaths.

Russia_SelfiesIt’s becoming such an issue, the Russian government has launched a selfie safety campaign. The graphic from that campaign, as you can see above, are alarmingly telling of what kind of positions people are willing to put themselves in to “get the shot” of their own face.  Trains appear to make the list twice, because train tracks apparently equal instant awesome. 

Be careful out there, guys. If there’s anything to take from all of this, it’s that if you are thinking of taking a selfie, just put the phone down and go to the beach instead–it’s safer!

[ via Telegraph | Lead Image by Wyland ]

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10 responses to “You’re More Likely To Die While Taking A Selfie Than You Are From A Shark Attack”

  1. steven_nc Avatar
    steven_nc

    Don’t take selfies in the ocean.

    1. 3rdStoneMan Avatar
      3rdStoneMan

      …while falling out of bed with a chainsaw!

  2. Michael Chastain Avatar
    Michael Chastain

    What does this even mean? If I don’t swim in the ocean or I don’t take selfies I have zero risk of dying from sharks or selfies.

    It looks like “More people die while taking selfies than die from shark attacks” is what you meant, but that says nothing about relative risk. More people die from falling out of bed than die from chopping off their own head with a chainsaw too, it doesn’t mean you’re more likely to die from a fall out of bed than you are an attempt at the latter.

  3. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    if only there was a movie about selfies invading a beach and killing people….

  4. Vicky Geudens Avatar
    Vicky Geudens

    oh yep I totally believe that!

  5. Chris Cameron Avatar
    Chris Cameron

    Another ridiculous assertion under the heading; Lies, damn lies and statistics.
    The real numbers would more likely read, the percentage of people who swim in the ocean and are killed by sharks is more than the percentage of people who take selfies and are killed while doing it.

    1. Ian Hecht Avatar
      Ian Hecht

      40% of world population lives within 100km of a coast = 2.9 billion people / 8 shark attacks = 1/360 million chance
      50% of world population has a cameraphone = 3.6 billion people / 12 selfie deaths = 1/300 million chance

      1. Chris Cameron Avatar
        Chris Cameron

        Thanks Ian, for yet another bogus use of statistics.
        It’s not about people who could swim versus people who could take selfies.
        Of those 2.9 biillion people how many took a swim? (shark attacks / swim)
        Of those 3.6 billion how many selfies were taken? (deaths / selfie)

        1. Ian Hecht Avatar
          Ian Hecht

          That’s a fair indictment, but in the absence of the actual statistics you’re looking for, these are a fair stand in. All I’m saying is that for the people who have the potential to take a selfie, it’s more dangerous than sharks are for the people who have the potential to go swimming.

          1. Chris Cameron Avatar
            Chris Cameron

            That is exactly my point Ian.
            Given the absence of meaningful numbers, people will use whatever stats they have to make whatever point they want. (And quite likely someone else will use those same statistics to offer the opposing view.)