Selfies now kill more people per year than sharks

by: John DyeSeptember 25, 2015

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We’ve had an unusually high number of shark attacks so far this year, but even so, Condé Nast Traveler has reported that even more people have died in 2015 due to selfies.

That’s right. It turns out that a bad mix of vanity and not paying attention to one’s surroundings is far more deadly to human beings than the killing machine of Jaws lore. Most recently, a 66-year-old Japanese man visiting the Taj Mahal Royal Gate tripped and tumbled down some stairs while attempting to take a selfie. His head injuries lead to unconsciousness and death. One of his friends wound up fracturing a leg in the fall as well.

What makes this story so sad and bewildering is that it isn’t an isolated case of injury-by-selfie. Earlier this year, a 21-year-old woman was posing with a gun for a selfie when she accidentally shot herself in the head. Fortunately, this Moscow woman lived, but a Spanish man who tried to get a picture of himself during a bull running wasn’t so lucky. In Russia, injury due to selfies is becoming such a serious problem that the government has started a public service campaign cautioning young people against taking selfies near trains, on rooftops, or in the presence of dangerous animals. People are needing to be reminded to stay aware.

So yes, we’ve had 8 shark deaths so far this year, but we’ve had 12 selfie deaths. 12 tragic, completely avoidable deaths, and far more instances of major and minor injury. It’s becoming enough of a safety concern that major tourist locations including Disney theme parks and Comic-Con have started banning selfie sticks.

What’s the moral of this story? Try to use your front-mounted camera responsibly, and don’t get so distracted by your own mug that you wind up forgetting everything around you. It could save your life.

  • retrospooty

    But still not as many as cops kill… Cops win :P

    • Slvfox

      You’re an idiot

      • retrospooty

        You are way too serios

  • (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    I find this quite humorous rather than depressing…

  • Jose Lopez

    natural selection =D

    • Xavier_NYC

      Was coming here to say the same thing..

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  • Paul Murza

    This article is speaking for idiots. People that die after a shark attack might actually be smart.

  • paxmos

    Warning Stickers on the phone boxes please: “Taking Selfies can kill. Avoid live wires, cliffs, rattle snakes, towers, bridges, driving, while riding your motorcycle, on first date, trying to show off shooting yourself, bathroom doors, etc. Your phone OEM, Carrier, Seller are not responsible for any incident while taking a selfie. Use your brain, don’t fry it like an egg”

  • Chauntella Stephanie Brown

    Hey anything in life is possible, so be careful people.

  • Happy

    Wow, 12 deaths and we have articles all over the net about that. I bet there were many times more deaths from just slippery bathroom floors. Also these are 12 deaths from 12 billion selfies probably so the chances of death during a selfie are minuscule. Compared to the number of selfies the number of times a human being is swimming in a shark infested sea is tiny. Having said that I have never taken a selfie with the front camera.

  • Ramesh Kamath

    the moral was a good one

  • peerpressure

    I remember watching a concert on TV, and the singer went down among the crowd. Every single girl close to him was taking a selfie, their backs turned to the singer. He looked at them like they were crazy, and then went back up on the stage. They totally missed out on an opportunity to meet the singer they bought tickets for, because they were too busy taking their own pictures. smh

  • Sammy

    This is actually sad. But I’m not a cool guy, so I laugh. =D

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  • Stevee

    Good Times!

  • elvinb

    that 66-year-old man succumbed to a cardiac arrest (not head injury) which was triggered by the fall on the staircase; more research is needed on part of author. but once again this proves the media cannot be trusted when one want to know the real facts behind a story and not just some unsubstantiated bs

  • Humans dying for taking selfies; such a pathetic species we are! Bloody great!