Monday 19 March 2018

#DrivingSelfie is the latest dangerous trend for YOLO generation

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The generation famed for their 'You Only Live Once' slogan have sparked a dangerous new trend on photo-sharing app Instagram.

The trend involves 'Instagramming' a 'selfie' while driving.

'Selfies' are portrait shots of the uploader, which are then uploaded to social media sites. Selfies are an art in themselves, often being re-taken multiple times until the uploader is convinced that they look 'hot' in the photograph.

Poses including the 'duck face' and the 'peace sign' are widespread in the selfie genre, which found a home on photo-filter app Instagram.

This new trend involves taking a photo of yourself while driving and is the latest dangerous social media trend for teenagers.

Not only that, but many of the posts include multiple hashtags, which means the driver was distracted for a substantial period of time.

According to the Huffington Post, there are "more than 3,500" pictures tagged with #DrivingSelfie searchable on Instagram.

This trend is mostly popular in the US but is making it's way to Ireland via the UK.

According to the RSA, "driver distraction plays a role in 20-30% of all road collisions" and a mobile phone makes you "four times more likely to crash".

"From 2008 to 2009, the number of penalty points issued for driving while using a mobile phone increased by 70% -- from 44,624 to 75,040."

Drivers can get up to 2 penalty points  on their licence and a fixed charge of €60 for having their mobile phone in their hand while driving.


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