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TOPIC: Deadly Selfies

Deadly Selfies 23 Sep 2015 15:34 #7734

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I read an interesting article on Huffington Post today regarding all of the accidents and deaths that have occurred while taking selfies. It is amazing how much media has changed and most articles today are about IPhones, apps, selfies, etc. We are so into ourselves and becoming so obsessed with creating an image of our ideal lifestyles on social media. I thought this was an article worth sharing since almost everyone takes selfies almost on a daily basis. This particular article stated that "selfie - accidents have killed more people worldwide this year than shark attacks have."

Twelve people died during selfie accidents compared to eight people which were killed in shark attacks. The article also stated that there are many more deaths which did not make news headlines. An aid to the Russian interior minister, reported that "dozens of selfie - related deaths" have occurred in Russia alone.

Here are some of the details that were listed in the article:
- An American woman fell to her death while taking a selfie with her boyfriend on a cliff in South Africa.
- Two Russian men were killed while taking a selfie with a hand grenade.
- Three Indian students were killed by an oncoming train while taking selfies on train tracks.
- A Romanian teenager was electrocuted when she was taking a selfie on top of a train and touched a high-voltage wire.
- A Russian teen was also electrocuted after touching live wires while taking a selfie near railway tracks.
- A Russian woman shot herself in the head while trying to take a selfie with a gun.
- A woman in Moscow City died falling from a bridge, where she was trying to take a selfie.
- A teenager in Houston, Texas, fatally shot himself while taking a selfie with a gun.
- A Japanese tourist died falling down the stairs while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal.

I thought this was an interesting article since so many of us have camera rolls full of selfies and continue to document our every move. It is completely understandable that so many of us do so since we are influenced by popular apps such as Instagram and Facebook. Sharing and taking photos allows us to share our creativity and express ourselves. I have seen so many teenagers going out of their way to take cool photos in dangerous places or try to impress their friends. This was an interesting article which i thought was worth sharing in order to remind everyone to be more cautious.
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Deadly Selfies 06 Oct 2015 23:34 #7949

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Learning to pose for selfie’s makes a bigger impact in how you look in your photo than any app can provide. A search for #selfie on Instagram returns over 122 million photos. However, sometimes it can be difficult to take a flattering photo of yourself while also holding the camera. Here are some “selfie” posing tips.

10 QUICK SELFIE TIPS
Tip #1: Experiment with Angles
Tip #2: Adjust Your Shoulder Placement
Tip #3: Stand in the Light
Tip #4: Pose with Something New
Tip #5: Do Something Interesting
Tip #6: Accessorize
Tip #7: Express Yourself
Tip #8: Take a Full-Body Shot
Tip #9: Release Your Camera’s Shutter the Easy Way
Tip #10: Extend your Neck Forward

Apparently selfie’s with wilds animal is the new in-thing and Alex Gomez decided he wanted to get in on the trend. So he went with Tip’s # 4, 5 and 6 in a field behind the house at his family's ranch in Lake Elsinore CA Alex decided to pose for a selfie with an angry 4 ft. rattlesnake wrapped around his neck; the snake bit him on the hand so he threw it to the ground then ran to a neighbor's home and called 911 who transported him to the hospital where he was treated with anti-venom.

Alex told the media "I was going to take it off my neck and do something else with it, but it turned sideways, and it sunk its one tooth into ... my hand.” Alex was released from the hospital but still faces the possibility of losing the use of his arm or worse still having his thumb amputated as the skin on his hand and arm is now rotting away.

Alex got his selfie but the hospital bill was $153,161.25… I wonder which hurt more, the snakebite or the hospital bill???
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Deadly Selfies 07 Oct 2015 00:31 #7951

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Hi Kela, I really like the topic your wrote about. Selfies are like the “new thing” now, so it’s really hard not to not take selfies. Sometimes no one is around to take a picture for you, so you take selfies. But, that does not excuse the deaths that came from taking selfies. The examples of deaths you gave were very sad horrific and each one of them made me cringe. I believe that if your are taking selfies, you better be extra cautious. All the deaths were of people trying to show off how cool they are by posting about where they are. For example, the lady who died on top of a train, the couple taking a picture by a cliff in South Africa, or the two people who shot themselves accidentally while taking a picture with a gun. Why? To show everyone that they're on top of a train, by a cliff in Africa, or they have a gun. This kinds of death are sad and should be noticed by everyone to be more careful. Thanks Kela, for making me aware of the “Deadly Selfies”.
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Deadly Selfies 07 Oct 2015 21:39 #7954

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This was very interesting but also sad and shocking to read. I had no idea that so many people died trying to take a selfie and that there have been more deaths from taking a picture of yourself compared to shark attacks this year. Having an article about this will definitely help people become more aware and informed. Hopefully they'll take the necessary precautions to prevent serious injuries and even death from happening. So next time someone wants to take a selfie that could be dangerous, they'll think twice about it.
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Deadly Selfies 11 Oct 2015 01:27 #7977

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Nice article find Kela. I'd heard of people falling to their death while taking selfies and I simply react by shaking my head. Some of the death details you listed make it hard to feel sorry for these people, the gun and grenade deaths especially; death by selfie is the easiest way to win a Darwin award.

As for the issue of taking dangerous selfies, it is ridiculous to me that some would risk their life for a photo; it just goes to show that people will do anything for a like/favorite. I think such selfies are an extension of a twitter trend awhile back called the "#SelfieOlympics". Selfie takers are looking to raise the bar on selfie possibilities. People are no longer satisfied with simply capturing the moment, everyone now wants to make sure they are apart of it by having themselves in the picture whether it be a selfie or video. It is all done to impress others as you said, and safety will be ignored to do so.
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Deadly Selfies 27 Mar 2016 13:19 #9303

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Hello Kela,

Thank you for sharing the Deadly Selfies article. I remember reading an article 2 years ago about researches conducted in United States and Canada, on the desire one has to take selfies. The research was describing the procedures the scientists go while trying to determine if taking selfies should be considered mental disorder. They have discovered that people that are less appreciated in society tend to take more selfies in order for them to seek attention and recognition from the surrounding world. I think that nowadays the desire to take selfies is just result of the popularity of taking pictures on the self.
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