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the dangers of "selfies" - Ya gotta use common sense, & PAY ATTN, too...

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by leashedForLife, May 16, 2018 at 1:06 AM.

  1. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    OK - on 1st reading, this sounds like a horrible joke. A man was killed by a bear, after he tried to take a selfie with the animal. // There's more to the story, & to the hazards of selfies, too.

    The victim was driving himself & other guests home from a mutual friend's wedding, & stops on the road to pee; returning to his car, he sees... a bear, seemingly dead, hit by a previous car, lying on the roadside.
    His friends, waiting at the car, shout "No!...", as he turns toward the apparently-dead animal, then stands near it for a selfie - & as he clicks, the bear comes to, chases, & then mauls him, while his friends video-record the attack - none try to come to his aid. A stray dog actually tries to fight off the bear, but fails. // He dies at the scene.
    The bear was tranquilized by authorities, & his injuries were treated; no word if he survived; the man's body was recovered.

    LINK:
    Bear mauls to death man who tried to take a selfie with the injured animal

    He's only one of many people to die, while taking selfies.
    - A man fell down a flight of steps at the Taj Mahal.
    - Someone drowned while taking a selfie; the boat they posed in, flipped over.
    - Another person posed on a cliff - which gave way, underfoot.

    In 2015, more ppl died "selfie deaths" than were killed worldwide by sharks.
    Russia, not exactly known for consumer safety, launched a "selfie awareness" campaign.
    Mumbai, India, now has 16 officially "no selfie!" zones across the city, after multiple deaths & injuries.
    Falling, drowning, electrocution, vehicles & trains, weapons, & animal attacks have all caused selfie-deaths.

    A study on selfie-risks & deaths / injuries -
    Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths – Precog's Blog

    What leaps out to me among all these needless deaths, is that some persons deliberately push the limits in high-risk photos for momentary "celebrity", while others are so caught up in "taking the picture" that they forget their surroundings, or lose their balance.
    Getting a photo is not worth injury, let alone death - & posing in front of an oncoming train is simply suicidal. :(

    Social media is a massive magnet for human attention - but when U are taking a selfie, please take care to be safe. U don't want short-lived notoriety via "how U died".

    very sad, so many young lives lost.
    - terry

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  2. Mad Murphy

    Mad Murphy Well-Known Member Registered

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    Agreed, too many daft people taking risks.
     
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    I've got to be honest, I've never seen the appeal of selfies. A friend of mine is forever taking them when out and about, but to me it's just a real PITA. I've only ever taken one I think - on holiday with the dog when he jumped up next to me on the bed whilst I was on my phone. The only danger their is Mrs. ARH telling me to get off my phone! :D
     
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    This was my attempt :D:D
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  5. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    very dangerous, indeed! :D Lookit them teeth!

    - t

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    My brother takes the most awful selfies ..They are always featuring a duck lip pout (not a good look on a 52 yr old man) and are almost always in tiled rooms (bathrooms toilets etc) This leads to huge amounts of teasing and jibes about him being a George Micheal wannabe with people asking he he wants to go 'Outside' . My mum wont have him as a FB friend because she says he shows her up with his self indulgant selfies.
     
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    That made me laugh that your own mum won’t be fb friends with him! Oh the shame!
     
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