So far this year, at least 12 people have been killed in selfie-related incidents worldwide compared to eight from shark attacks,r, according to statistics from the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.
Most recently, a 66-year-old Japanese tourist died, and his travel companion was injured, after falling down the stairs while attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal.
Four of the selfie deaths this year were caused by falling. The next leading cause of deaths involving selfies was being hit or injured by trains, either because the individual was trying to get a photo with a train or because the photo they wanted involved getting on dangerous equipment, ‘Mashable’ reported.
Earlier this month, a 19-year-old boy in the US died after accidentally shooting himself in the throat while taking selfies with a loaded gun. In contrast, 74 unprovoked shark attacks have occurred this year, by the Global Shark Attack File’s count, eight of which were fatal.
Highlighting the growing problem of individuals looking to take selfies at inopportune times, authorities in Russia have actually gone so far as to publish a brochure warning of the dangers involved with taking selfies in precarious situations. While some of the activities illustrated below almost seem comical in nature, the selfie-related deaths listed above underscore that these warnings are, in fact, very necessary.