Saturday 1 October 2016

Step away from your phone: Selfies are more deadly than shark attacks

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 22/09/2015 | 14:12

Members of the Irish Rugby team take a selfie before baording an Aer Lingus plane and departing for Cardiff.
Members of the Irish Rugby team take a selfie before baording an Aer Lingus plane and departing for Cardiff.
Holly Carpenter take a selfie at the 100 Colours Fashion Show at City Hall, Dublin

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Be careful as figures now show that more people have died while trying to take a photographic self-portrait than the number that have died due to shark attacks this year.

So far, 12 people worldwide have lost their life while trying to take a photo of themselves.

In comparison, records show that only eight people have died as a result of an encounter with a shark.

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Recently a 66-year-old tourist from Japan died after falling down stairs while trying to take a selfie at the iconic Taj Mahal in India.

In July, a woman from Mississippi was gored to death by a bison while snapping herself on a visit to Yellowstone National Park.

She was trying to take a selfie very near the animals, the Telegraph reported.

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The Russian government took the unprecedented step of distributing an illustrated booklet to warn people of dangers involved in taking such pictures as part of its 'Safe Selfie' campaign.

Yelena Alekseyeva, a government official, said: “Our booklet reminds you of how to take a safe selfie, so it is not the last one you will ever take.”

The campaign’s motto is: “Even a million ‘likes’ on social media are not worth your life and well-being”.

It followed an incident when a 21-year-old Russian woman miraculously survived accidentally shooting herself in the head while posing for a selfie with a gun in Moscow.

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