Selfies prove deadlier than sharks this year

By Maria Kyriacou

Image: Thinkstock
Image: Thinkstock
Selfie deaths have exceeded shark deaths according to a new survey

Sharks often get a bad rap, with many deeming them the most dangerous of all predators. Now it’s been revealed that selfies trump sharks in the danger stakes, with yet another death attributed to the phenomenon.

A 66-year-old Japanese tourist fell to his death while attempting a selfie at India’s Taj Mahal. His death took the selfie death toll to 12 versus the shark death tally that sits at eight so far this year.

Anti-selfie campaigns have been launched across the world to combat the escalating issue. Last month, Disneyland theme parks in the U.S, Paris and Hong Kong banned selfie-sticks after a spate of serious accidents.

Major tourist attractions such as Italy’s Sistine Chapel and Beijing’s Palace Museum also recently banned them while music festival Coachella’s rules state: “No Selfie Sticks/No Narcissists.”

The survey was collated by researching media reports.

Policing selfie-bans in areas teeming with people is near impossible, so what other ways do you think the selfie danger should be addressed?




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