Jill Layton
February 24, 2016 11:32 am
Facebool/Latino Post

Having a fear of sharks is super common. Of course, the chances of that actually happening are really low. In fact, the chances of getting attacked to death by a shark are lower than the chances of dying while take a selfie.

Sounds like not a real fact, right? But it is.

The chances of dying while taking a selfie are still pretty low. But selfies have become way more than just a simple self-taken picture. They’re now being taken by people doing risky things, which will usually make for a more exciting Instas and Snaps, but the results can be deadly.

A new study reveals that selfie deaths aren’t just on the rise, they’re at an all time high.

In 2016 alone, twelve people have died from taking a selfie (while eight people have died by shark attack). Obviously death is terrible and awful no matter how it happens, but it certainly seems like selfie deaths are easily preventable — by just not taking risky selfies.

Like this gal:

And this guy:

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And this guy:

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Over 300 million posts have been made using different variations of the hashtag #selfie — and that’s just on Instagram.  A recent study done by FeelUnique revealed that people spend an average of five hours a week taking selfies. That number seems insanely high, but it’s real. And it means that our culture is selfie-obsessed. And it turns out that obsession is actually pretty dangerous.

There have been so many selfie trouble, in fact, that a Wikipedia page that lists all selfie-related serious injuries and deaths has been created. Most of the incidents have involved people between the ages of 18 and 22, and happen both under extreme circumstances and circumstances where people are just being neglectful.

In September, 19-year-old from Houston died after attempting to take selfie for Instagram while aiming a loaded gun at his head. He accidentally pulled the trigger and shot himself in the throat.

In July, a man in San Diego was hospitalized for five days after trying to take a selfie with a rattlesnake.

This month, a 16-year-old boy was killed by a train while he was taking a selfie with the approaching train in Chennai, India. “The teen reportedly walked in front of the train and waited for it to come closer before taking the photo,” Sky News reported.

And most recently, a crowd in Buenos Aires was responsible for the death of a baby dolphin because they chose to take selfies with it instead of helping it back to the water.

Selfies can be dangerous. The best thing to do when you know a selfie might be dangerous is to assess the situation. Is your life or the life of someone else worth the risk of taking the perfect selfie? No. The answer will always be no. So be safe out there, selfie-takers.

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