Friday, October 2, 2015

Selfies Can Be Very Dangerous

Selfies are getting very popular in today's world. Regular selfies are very safe. But some people are taking selfies while performing very dangerous and extreme stunts. This is cool but very dangerous at the same time.

How bad is this problem? According to a DOGO news report, a "breathtaking" selfie has killed 12 people this year. It may not seem like a lot, but it is four more people killed this year than people who have been killed by a shark attack.

This issue has been known for a while but got  more popular when Hideto Ueda suffered an accidental death in the Taj Mahal in India. Injuries have been rising in dramatic measures. This year in July Russian Interior Ministry started a campaign to prevent this. A million "likes" on social media isn't worth more than your life. Officials felt it was necessary because "When a person is trying to photograph themselves, their attention is scattered, they lose their balance, they don't look around and feel no danger."

Other countries aren't exactly doing the same thing. Altough they are doing something very similar. They are banning one of the biggest causes of this problem, the selfie stick. In the past months museum,s train stations, and theme parks are banning selfie sticks.

These things help lower injuries, but the biggest cause is not being responsible. Its not just for them. Its also for their friends. People should always learn how to be responsible for themselves and not risk their lives for a bunch of hearts on a digital screen.

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