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More People Have Died from Selfies than Shark Attack This Year, Reports Show

Selfie-Related Fatalities

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We have to accept this fact that sometimes people would do something stupid, even if the smartest guys are prone to idiocy; because common sense is not necessarily required for a high IQ. Therefore, there are quite a number of people who think it is naturally right to place themselves under a very fatal environment just for taking a memorable photo, which could be shared on social media.

According to the statistics from Mashable, up to now, the number of selfie-related deaths has reached twelve. Here they do not refer to the fatal trips and falls, but some pretty grim and foolish acts. For example, one man was mangled in Spain after trying to take photo during a bull run, and two Russian men were killed when photographing themselves with a live grenade. A woman even managed to shoot herself in the head while posing with a gun.

Based on Mashable’s comparison with selfie-related deaths, the number of shark deaths recorded during the same period, was just eight. However we should be definitely aware about this: That in no way means that selfies are more fatal than sharks. They are totally different. Every year much more people die in their sleep, but we can not say that beds are more dangerous than sharks. In addition, so many people even manage to sustain toilet-related injuries each year, but you can’t compare a toilet to a shark, that is weird. If you want to make meaningful comparisons, you have to take into consideration things like how many people are exposed to either situation.

People were placed under the silly situations and photographing themselves ridiculously for peers long before the invention of selfie sticks. At present social media is full of such naive images, but they are more of an annoyance than a danger. People do it time and again. Therefore, it is now necessary to practice basic common sense, for instance, you should not putting yourself at a risky situation for the sake of snapping a photo.

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