Another death by selfie: 14 students washed by a high tide while posing for pictures
posted by Daniel P. / Feb 02, 2016, 4:25 AM
The "death by selfie" incidents are starting to reach epidemic proportions, with psychologists scrambling to explain how today we are living in the virtual as much as in the physical world, and oftentimes find it hard to distinguish between the two. Nowhere is that trend more pronounced than in doing dangerous stunts just to take that selfie or footage to post on your social media or video account for the proverbial 15 minutes of fame.
The trend seems to have started from those Russian kids climbing to the top of cell and TV towers, bridges and other extremely high structures to do some stunts and make a footage out of it. While these may have been peculiarities of the Russian macho psyche to constantly prove your bravery (or idiocy, if you ask the parents), and the Russian authorities have been warning about such stunts for a while now, the trend still quickly caught on, leading to more and more dangerous undertakings.
We are now up to the point where taking extreme selfies killed more people than sharks last year, and, judging from the news that came out of India yesterday, this year might be worse. A group of students from a Pune college apparently has ended up drowning while taking selfies in dangerous conditions while on a daylong picnic from school. About twenty of the students ventured into the water at Murud beach to take selfies, despite warning of a high tide, and 14 drowned, washed in by a big wave, while six were saved in the subsequent rescue operation. Here's the harrowing recount from one of the survivors in the next of this long line of "death by selfie" incidents:
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Do i have to show sympathy to these morons?
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 4:37 AM 14
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Definitely not. Just like we won't have to show any sympathy after you die.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 9:59 AM 1
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stop talking about WRONG causes. If a trekker falls from the mountain, it wasn't a killer mountain. if an idiot takes a selfie in front of an elephant or when there's a high tide (plus being warned), then it wasn't a killer-selfie, but an amazingly stupid person - in this case maybe even more. Whatever people think, i have no empathy or sympathy for these people who challenge death by being stupid. if the weather brings risk, then you run or hide, but don't challenge it.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 5:35 AM 4
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Oh Darwinism, you so efficient.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 8:40 AM 1
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Could they not swim or were these some apocalyptic waters?
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 9:29 AM 0
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There's a reason beaches give out warnings for high tides and it's not due to having fun. The currents are too strong for any human swimmers. Doesn't help if you know how to swim when you have thousands of tons of water pushing against you... You sound like you'd be one of those going out for the selfie.
posted on Feb 03, 2016, 3:32 AM 0
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They all deserved to die... Stupid is, as stupid does. Stupid would still be alive if they weren't being stupid. Just like stupid people get hurricanes warnings and yet stay home. One day a hurricane will kill them.
posted on Feb 02, 2016, 3:34 PM 0
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