This world can be a bit odd but the things we humans do make it a hundred times worse. While you might have heard the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ have you ever wondered if a picture was worth dying for?
Realistically the answer would be no, right? Yet, for whatever reason, the number of selfie-related deaths and injuries keeps rising. There have been tons of them across the world and some of them are downright astonishing. According to a report released near the end of 2016, there were more selfie-related deaths in that year than there were shark attacks.
The number of selfie-related deaths is rising. Over a 29-month span from March 2014 to September 2016 there were 127 deaths related to selfies and countless injuries. People try to get the best photos of themselves and are more than willing to go to dangerous locations and do outrageous things to achieve them. We are really going above and beyond to spice up their social media accounts.
Some of the ways that people die are pretty damn insane. While these stories are unbelievable in more ways than you would think, they are very real things that have happened. Where has common sense gone? Below I am going to go over some of the more common/craziest ways that people die in relation to selfies. I’m all for getting good selfies but please stop putting your life on the line for them.
(These are in no specific order and of course, I cannot list every single selfie-induced death. These are the most outrageous and yet seemingly more common than you would think forms of selfie-related deaths. People really do surprise me much more than I would have ever imagined for them too.)
9 Kinds of Selfie-Induced Deaths:
A man by the name of Jia Lijun actually died when attempting to take a selfie with a one and a half ton walrus. This happened at a zoo in China. He, for some reason, thought it would be fine if he just opened up the gate and went into the walrus’ enclosure to snap a photo. The female walrus grabbed him from behind and drug him into her pool. This man’s stupidity also ended up getting the on-site zookeeper killed as well, both drowned.
Back in July of 2015, an unarmed hiker was struck by lightning. He was walking around with his selfie stick taking photos or perhaps a video when lightning hit his selfie stick. This literally shocked him to death, could you imagine?
A 17-year-old Russian girl actually managed to fall off of a 30-foot railway bridge while attempting to get the ‘perfect shot.’ When reaching for a hanging cable in the hopes of saving herself while slipping she ended up being electrocuted as it was a live wire. The shock more than enough to make her let go ended up leaving her to drop to her death.
While posing for a selfie, two Russian soldiers actually managed to blow themselves up. They were trying to take a photo with a live grenade, for whatever reason. Russia has faced a lot of selfie-related deaths and has gone so far as to launch safety campaigns in regards.
As if we didn’t already know the risks of playing with guns they have became quite the focal point in many selfies. One teenage boy shot himself in the head while posing with his father’s pistol. Somehow when intending to press the camera button he set the gun off instead, of course, the safety was not on. This a devastating situation for his friends and family, could you imagine coming home to something like this? This is one of many gun-related selfie deaths.
While trying to take a selfie on top of a train with his friend one man got more than he bargained for. At just 21-years-old he was electrocuted to death when he was struck by a high-voltage wire. He assumed the wire was not electrified but clearly was wrong.
In India, one 15-year-old boy actually died when he was hit by a train trying to get a good selfie with the train in the background. He wanted to get a selfie with the train approaching but was a bit off in regards to how much time he had and how close it really was. While he was rushed to the hospital, he passed away not long after.
Drowning is something that happens a lot and deserves its own number. In March of 2015, 7 young people drowned after they accidentally tipped their boat while trying to get a group selfie. They were just trying to get everything in the photo and only three people ended up surviving the ordeal. Is getting the best selfie really worth all of this?
Back in 2016, a 19-year-old student fell off of a building, a 20-story tall building to be exact. She was taking selfies with a group of friends and kept climbing up the parapet wall more and more to get even better photos. Unfortunately, this led to her demise.
People have died or been injured doing just about everything under the sun. Please do your best to be a bit smarter when it comes to getting the best selfies. You can’t fix ‘stupid’ but we really need to work on looking out for one another more and being as careful as possible. Which was most shocking to you?