The selfie craze exploded in the early 2000s with the introduction of websites like MySpace and Facebook. Now, selfies have evolved into a trend unlike any other. The selfie ceiling rises with every passing year. It starts to get a bit hairy when people start dying from selfie-related accidents.
Over 12 people have died as a result from taking a selfie in 2015. This fact makes selfies more lethal than a shark attack since only 8 people were killed by sharks in 2015. People are taking selfies with guns, dangerous animals, next to moving vehicles and in high places.
Alexander Remnev was one of the lucky ones. He scaled the Princess Tower in Dubai as a challenge. This Russian danger enthusiast is a self-proclaimed “Daredevil,” and he took several selfies while 1,350 feet high. Remnev survived the experience, but he isn’t the only one taking trips to dangerous heights. A Japanese tourist fell to death while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal. A different daredevil Russian, Andrey R., fell to his death while taking rooftop selfies for his Instagram account.
Tragedies like these can’t be forgotten. Professor of Psychology at SELU Daniel Chadborn believes that selfies are harmless. Chadborn said, ” Boosting and keeping our self-esteem high is what drives a lot of our behavior. If we can post a selfie online for likes and comments, it’s a good way to get our self-esteem up.” He said that the death toll on selfies wasn’t the selfie itself but the user being distracted by the action.
Selfies have taken over pop culture with the inventions like the selfie stick, selfie spoon, and backwards facing camera. The trend is not likely to die soon but the people abusing the trend might.