Selfies can be cool, but are they always worth it? I don’t think so…
Social Media has brought many positive changes to society, though I am not sure the selfie phenomenon is one of them.
Case in point: It all went down in the town of Novy Urengoy in north central Russia. A selfie attempt gone horribly wrong, leading to both a devastating, and pathetic, way to die.
Then there’s the case of the person filming. This person would also rather get likes on his social media page instead of actually trying to help or just telling him to get the hell down from the building! So from both angles, this situation is extremely messed up, and very telling of our egos taking precedent over common sense and basic sanity.
another one. damn pic.twitter.com/WFrCpdmLQp
— LASTCALL (@SmackDatBooty69) September 22, 2016
That is tragic and sad.
Sometimes, selfies can cause controversy. Take the case of this girl:
Interested in more selfie craziness?
Rolling Stone lists a few:
The never-ending pursuit of the ultimate shot for social media sharing has reached a startling new height: 8,000 feet above sea level. This month, a grown man fell to his death while posing for a picture on a ledge at Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan citadel in Peru. But death by selfie at a temple built for human sacrifice begs the question: How far would you go to get that killer shot?
The facts speak for themselves. In 2015, more people died from taking selfies than from shark attacks. Tourist destinations such as Mumbai have gone so far as to designate selfie-free zones. Even the notoriously unsympathetic Russian government issued a manual for how to safely take a selfie. Our need to capture the present moment via social media has completely changed the way we experience life, and a tragic irony presents itself when that results in death.
From falling down the steps of the Taj Mahal to being gored alive by wild animals, here are the 11 most disturbing stories of selfies gone disastrously wrong.
Selfie Stick Lightning Rod
In July 2015, an unnamed English hiker was struck by lightning while trekking through the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. The fatal bolt was suspected to have hit the extended metal rod of a selfie stick and electrocuted the young man. Apparently, an unexpected thunderstorm came and gave rescue helicopters little time to find the man. But it was too late, despite a Royal Marine cadet’s attempt to resuscitate him. Though it has never been proven conclusively, authorities believe that the metal rod very well could have have attracted the electrical bolt.
A Chinese businessman named Jia Lijun tried to take a selfie with a one-and-a-half-ton walrus at a zoo in Liaoning province, China. Apparently, the man was a big fan of this particular walrus, having previously sent photos and videos of it to his friends and family along with the message, “so strong, so big.” As the man entered the gated housing area to snap a photo with the female walrus, she grabbed him from behind and dragged him into the pool. Both Lijun and the on-site zookeeper (who had cared for the walrus since she was a baby) were drowned to death by the massive-toothed creature, who was reportedly only trying to play and give them a “hug.” A surveillance video taken of the incident went viral on Chinese social media.
The List Continues At Rolling Stone
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