Some people take literally hundreds every day and post them anywhere and everywhere, while others are a little more coy about the amount of time they spend secretly pouting into the lens. Narcissistic or not, selfies are inescapable – but statistics show they are increasingly responsible for deaths and serious injuries.
With keen self-snappers pushing the boundaries and getting into ever more dangerous situations in pursuit of the ultimate shot, the global picture craze is said to have claimed twenty-seven lives worldwide in 2015. That was up from the sixteen reported the previous year.
Among the most unusual selfie-related deaths last year was a man gored to death as he snapped himself during the annual bull run in a Spanish town, and a Japanese tourist so busy taking his own photo that he fell down some steps at the Taj Mahal. In Russia, two young men died after posing with a live hand grenade, one of the many incidents which prompted the Russian government to issue a lengthy ‘selfie safety’ leaflet and video.
There is a certain enjoyable gallows humour to be got from these stories, sad as they are for the individuals involved and their families. Apart from the little bit of schadenfreude we can all enjoy, there are also some interesting charts to be plucked from the statistics. When the data collected since the start of 2014 is broken down it reveals some intriguing and unusual results…