The first death-by-selfie statistics are out

The first death-by-selfie statistics are out
People are falling off cliffs, being electrocuted while climbing on trains to take a selfie, or drowning while jumping in the water during high tide for a few quick snaps. 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 tide 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 death-by-selfie incidents have killed at least 259 people in the 2011-2017 period, according to researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. They scoured local and foreign news reports to calculate the reported such deaths in the past seven years and came up with this number. The figure is most likely on the low side since it is only derived from the officially published cases in the media.

Said media has seemingly been mainly local sources, as India took the first place with 159 cases, followed by Russia, the US and Pakistan. The victims have been mainly male and under 30 (72%), pouring more water in the mill of the misplaced bravado argument.

via CNN, image: Unsplash

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9 Comments

1. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

You don't have to be a parent to consider this idiocy.

2. OneLove123

Posts: 582; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Well deserving.

3. tokuzumi

Posts: 1730; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I can't feel sorry for these people. It's an easily prevented death. We shouldn't warn anyone, or post statistics, and just let natural selection run its course.

4. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It should be called death by natural selection. Good riddance.

5. dimas

Posts: 3213; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Darwin awards: the only recognition where winners don't get the chance to thank the people involved.

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Post of the day ❤️❤️❤️❤️

6. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 69; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

Hence why women live longer than men

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Oh like the women in Italy who climb over a bridge guardrail to take a selfie and fell to her death? That woman?

9. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

I am astonished at Indians and Pakistanis, level of idiocy is increasing in our younger generation, trying to blindly follow some stupid trends, losing their lives for nothing, its just so pathetic, these were never our norms, I don’t know where our generations are heading to???

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