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Reasons Not to Take Selfies

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September 23, 2015
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Numerous reasons not to take selfies

In this day and age, we have reached a point where our own phones are more dangerous than sharks. In a recent report, it was found that you are more likely to die taking a selfie than from a shark attack. To put that in perspective, billions of people swim, bathe, and surf in the world oceans each years. The shark population is unknown, however 100,000,000 are killed every year for food. From Mashable:It sounds like a joke, but unfortunately it isn't: The deaths are a tragic reminder to travelers that focusing on a phone screen instead of unfamiliar surroundings is not safe.Four of the selfie deaths this year, like the tourist, identified as Hideto Ueda, were caused by falling.The next leading cause of deaths involving selfies was being hit or injured by trains, either because the individual was taking trying to get a photo with a train or because the photo they wanted involved getting on dangerous equipment.


It's not clear if the number of daredevil selfies is increasing, but more and more tourists are making headlines because of their dangerous attempts at a memorable photo. Parks have closed because visitors keep trying to take selfies with bears, bull runs — an already dangerous activity — have had to expressly outlaw selfie-taking, and even Tour de France cyclists are concerned about selfie danger.With no idea how far some people will go for a great selfie, many landmarks have begun banning selfies — or at least selfie sticks. As Conde Nast Traveler pointed out in their article on selfies vs. sharks, in July the Russian Interior Ministry released a brochure, warning about cool selfies that "could cost you your life." Selfie-takers are urged to take precaution with weapons, ledges, dangerous animals, trains and live wires.See the full article.https://youtu.be/nEQKiygf2dUBeing careful with selfies however, does not apply to ISIS. From Value Walk:

ISIS fighter likes to use social media to brag to the friends and loved ones back home

Defense Tech is reporting that a selfie taken by a braggadocious ISIS fighter outside an ISIS military command facility was discovered by Air Force intelligence personal. The facility, and those inside, were subsequently targeted and then flattened as U.S. JDAM smart bombs finished the job.The real “smart” component behind the U.S. bombing occurred when rank and file Air Force personal, operating out of Hurlburt Field in Florida, discovered the glamor seeking ISIS militant. But rather than posing next to a burning Christian or infidel beheadings, the fighter chose to give away an ISIS command and control center.

Numerous reasons not to take selfies

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