Photo: Corey Wilson
We already knew that selfies are dangerous. But we only thought they were dangerous in a social way. Let’s face it: sticking your arms out and pointing a camera at your face in a public setting isn’t exactly the best look. Nor is an Instagram page that boasts a 4:1 ratio of shots of your face:literally anything else. A nude selfie to the wrong person can even get you put behind bars these days. So yeah, selfies are dangerous in a social regard — but it turns out that’s not the extent of their riskiness.
After a man died while taking a selfie at the Taj Mahal yesterday, it has been revealed that selfies have killed more people than sharks have this year. Selfies account for twelve deaths in 2015, while sharks have stolen only eight souls from us since January.
Stop and think about that for a minute.
One of those things is an apex predators with rows of teeth that can cut steel. The other is a collection of pixels that come together to form an electric vision of the face you’ve been wearing your whole life. Somehow, the lens has ended more lives than the jaw. There’s a lesson to be learned here.
That lesson is to stop taking so many selfies. And to realize that you have other things to worry about next time you start fearing ol’ Great White.