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Selfies Kill More People Than Sharks

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The movie Jaws frightened millions of people from going into the water at the beach. And now shark attacks are international news these days. According to Conde Nast, so far this year 8 people have been reportedly killed by sharks. But what’s more dangerous than shark infested waters? Taking selfies.


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Yes, our obsession with documentary ourselves doing every little thing has officially gotten out of hand. You’d think the height of our vanity was when the selfie-stick came out, but this year so far at least ten people have died because of taking selfies. Most of these involve falling.

Just last month The Japan Times reports that a Japanese tourist at the Taj Mahal passed away after falling down stairs while attempting to take a selfie. And according to Reuters, this past summer two men died after posing pulling the pin from a hand grenade. Recently a 19-year-old father of two died in Texas accidentally shot himself while posing for a selfie with a gun.


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The quest to get a cool photos is costing people their lives and should be taken seriously. Oftentimes people get distracted with the phones and don’t notice how precariously they are positioned or what’s going on around them. Several governments are taking steps to warn people to be more careful, including Russia’s Interior Ministry and The European Union. Even here in the U.S., Yellowstone National Park officials issued warnings after five different people were gored this summer while standing too close to bison to get that perfect selfie.

Take the photo without yourself in it or ask someone to take it for you. Be safe!

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