There’s A Growing Number Of Selfie Deaths
There have been over 250 deaths caused by people taking risks while taking selfies
The number of people risking their lives for that perfect selfie is growing. Insurance company Allianz has even dedicated an entire page of its website to warn tourists of “dangerous selfies.”
The Allianz website advises people to avoid taking selfies with dangerous animals, on the edge of cliffs, standing in the middle of the road, and in dangerous weather. While it seems like common sense, many people are taking the risk, and the consequences have been dire.
Researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi found 259 people died between October 2011 and November 2017 attempting to take a selfie.
70 of those deaths were from drowning. 48 were from falling. 51 were after contact with transportation.
In Australia, Wedding Cake Rock in Sydney’s Royal National Park attracts more than a thousand people every weekend.
In 2016, park rangers at the park started handing out on-the-spot fines to sightseers who ignored the warning signs and jumped the fence for a life-threatening selfie. Geotechnical engineers warned three years ago that the picturesque rock could slide into the sea without warning.
One of these risk-takers, Matthew, said he has seen the warning signs, but it’s “a calculated risk that [he’s] willing to take.”
In the past six months, two men have plunged off a rock ledge at a popular Sydney whale watching spot. It’s believed that they both ventured away from a designated viewing platform to take selfies.
Despite all the deaths, there seems to be a serious lack of common sense among people taking dangerous selfies. So what will it take for people to finally put their safety first?