Those Risqué Snaps Could be Riskier than you think
As Instagram rolls out 30 second ads on the picture sharing platform, a risky move, an epidemic has been claiming the lives of its users, more lives than those claimed by sharks.
For a long time we’ve, myself included, feared the deadly ocean predators portrayed in such movies as the Jaws films, however, this week there has been some alarming stats doing the rounds that reveal there is a far more common occurrence causing deaths worldwide. We’re of course talking about selfies. Whether you fear or love the sea dwelling marine creatures who of late never seem to be too far from headlines, you would be naive to think that selfies are the only thing deadlier than sharks.
Some readers may be surprised to find that contrary to the fear-mongering tactics of the media there are several other things responsible for claiming more lives than sharks, including but not limited to, obesity, lightning, hippos, airplanes, volcanoes, bathtubs, vending machines and believe it or not, hot-dogs. Something tells us that you would be hard pressed to find much media coverage on the danger of hot-dogs though. Food for thought (see what we did there…).
Back to the topic at hand though, as the rise of selfie related deaths has authorities, media and public alike, all over the globe, preaching the importance of selfie-safety and coining the term ‘death-by-selfie’. Whether the victim’s demise came as a result of a mishap or pure idiocy, one thing remains clear, this problem has quickly gone from laughable to a grim reality of the digital age. So, what can be done?
Well, perhaps we should start by taking a page out of Russia’s book where earlier this year they released a widespread safe-selfie campaign. Yes, that’s right, Russia now with 100 incidents and counting this year alone, have begun actively circulating safe-selfie tips in an effort to reduce the toll.
So, before you go picketing for shark-culls and posing on clifftops take a moment to acknowledge, those risqué snaps could be riskier than you think (Kimmy .K. we’re looking at you…).