In an overzealous bid to click the most daredevil, unusual, and attention-worthy selfies, people are literally killing themselves. The obsession for getting the right angles in the most preposterous spots for social media response has proved to be fatal for many selfie addicts this year.
According to the bizarre findings of a new study, this year has witnessed more deaths from selfies than shark attacks. The final death toll for human fatalities from shark attacks is 8, while the death toll from selfies is 12. People, with their strange and misplaced sense of self-importance, are becoming far more quirkier and unpredictable than beasts.
In the most recent case of Instagram-age selfie death, a tourist named Hideto Ueda, 66 succumbed after trying to capture a picture of himself with the iconic Taj Mahal backdrop, to chronicle his travel experiences for family and friends. According to eyewitnesses, Ueda and a friend fell to their unfortunate end while trying to click a picture at the Taj Mahal’s famous gate.
The Psychology behind the Fatal Trend
Even though the risks of getting killed in a near fatal spot or an adrenaline rush inducing cliff top, far outweighs the joys of a few likes and social comments, people fail to pay heed to common sense.
This can be traced to the fact that selfie addicts are constantly vying for attention from their family and friends in a sort of unspoken competition to grab the gutsiest, most unique and novel shots that boast of exclusivity. These limited edition pictures, in their eyes, will be their ticket to social media fame.
Selfies are seen as strong signs of narcissism, and an exaggerated or low self worth of oneself. It conveys a strong sense of entitlement and/or the need to be appreciated/admired by others. The recent death toll due to selfies reinforces the fact that people are ready to put themselves through hazardous consequences for a few minutes of preempted social media acceptance.
Banning Selfies at Big Events
Fatal situations arising due to a feverish clicking spree and minute-by minute ‘gram’ updates on part of selfie aficionados has led to its banning at major events. Several large public venues and festivals have banned the use of selfie sticks owing to the hazards they can cause in densely populated areas. Disney theme parks are the latest to join the ‘selfie stick banning’ bandwagon citing safety reasons.