Since 2011, almost 300 people have died while minding a selfie
For a lot of us living in this digital age, it’s hard to imagine going a day without snapping a selfie. But some people are ready to take extreme risks for that perfect photo, even if it means endangering their own lives. On Sunday, Oct. 27, a family of four traveling on a single bike lost their lives if they paused on the side of the path to take a selfie.
Two guys were speeding round a curve in a truck, when they seen the household taking a selfie. Not having enough time to brake, they crashed to the household.
“We have six total casualties here. Both truck drivers were hurt, while the four family members on the motorcycle expired,” Muhammad Kasyfi, local Chief of traffic police, said.
Asmawan, an eyewitness at the scene who goes by a single name, said he advised the household to not stop on the face of the steep road as he passed by.
“There were four people on the bike: two children and 2 adults. They stopped to have a selfie, likely because you can see the sea. I told them to not stop for a long time since it’s dangerous, I moved home,” Asmawan told local media.
When he noticed there had been an crash, he returned to the scene.
Regrettably, this isn’t the first time a selfie attempt has ended with death in Indonesia. On New Year’s Eve 2018, Joko Susanto and his twin brothers, both aged two, slipped into a river when they have been posing for a selfie. Susanto’s wife and two other children jumped into the 3-metre deep water in an effort to save themmanaging to rescue the twins. The father and the eldest child died.
At Punta Prima beach in Spain, three Englishmen dove out of a 9-metre-high railed ledge whilst shooting a selfie, killing one and injuring the other two.
Under a month ago in India, in which the maximum amount of selfie deaths occur, a family drowned after taking a selfie by a dam.
In reaction to this high number of selfie-related deaths and injuries, both India and Indonesia have started implementing no-selfie zones in particular high heeled tourist hotspots.
A study by the American National Institute of Health found that between 2011 and 2017, 259 people worldwide lost their lives mid-selfie. Seventy of them escalated, while 48 fell to their deaths. The study placed 182 of the victims between the ages of 10 and 29 and noted that men were three times more likely to die by selfie compared to women.
“Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behaviour that communicates selfies is dangerous. Folks need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky areas where selfies should not be taken,” the study reads.