In the age of Instagram, taking a selfie may seem like a normal thing to do. For most of us, it may even be an everyday habit. According to recent reports, however, the number of selfie-related deaths this year has officially exceeded that of shark attacks. While the latter has a toll of eight, death by selfie has already totaled to 12. Crazy, we know.
In India, a Japanese tourist has recently died after falling down the stairs while taking a photo at the Taj Mahal.
In USA, a woman was attacked by a bison while visiting Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The Telegraph reported that her death was caused by an attempt to snap a selfie in close proximity to the animals.
A similar incident occurred at a small town in Spain where a 32-year-old man was gored to death by a bull in front of a horrified crowd. The victim was also trying to take a picture with the animal during a bull running festival.
Meanwhile, in Houston, Texas, a father-of-two was reported to have accidentally killed himself after taking a selfie with a gun.
In line to these unfortunate incidents, the Russian government has launched a Safe Selfie campaign, issuing a set of rules for safe self-photography. As part of the movement, they are distributing illustrated booklets that warn people of the risks and dangerous scenarios involved in carelessly taking selfies.
“Even a million ‘likes’ on social media are not worth your life and well-being,” it says in the campaign materials.
There's nothing wrong with taking a selfie. But from us here at Style Bible, here’s a video to serve as a gentle reminder to keep it in moderation:
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