As mobile phones went from analog to digital, our lives went from normal to sophistication. Well, the point is the millennium babies know how to unlock a phone and even maybe take a phone call just after one-year of seeing this world.
While 19th Century kids were playing with marbles and building blocks, now there are kids who make phone calls and take selfies. Well, isn’t that just wonderful. There’s Mary Anne Saxtons’ one year-old baby Evie who took a selfie video by herself, according to Huffington post USA. Way to go Evie!
Selfie, according to the Cambridge English dictionary means a photograph that you take of yourself, usually with a mobile phone and selfies are often published using social media. More than one million selfies are taken per day, according to infographics.com and 50 per cent of men and 52 per of women around the world have taken at least one selfie. According to Samsung 30 per cent of the selfies taken are by people between the ages of 18 to 24. According to daily mail “we are all selfie obsessed” There are 17 million self-portraits uploaded on social media on a weekly basis.
Now, that’s good enough to explain that the millennia could be called the “Selfie Millennia”.
Everything is well and good until we have no limits or boundaries drawn for ourselves. Nothing is good when the dose becomes overdose, isn’t it? Petapixel.com reported in 2015 that more deaths occurring due to taking selfies than by shark attacks. After collecting data of news stories of three years, it has been revealed that 49 deaths have occurred from 2014. Of this 75 per cent are male and it is reported that even though women take more selfies than men, males try taking risky selfies often. Out of the 49 deaths, 16 people have fallen from heights, 14 drowned, eight killed in train accidents, four by gunshot accidents, two each by exploding grenades, plane crashes and car crashes and one through an animal attack.
Forty per cent of the deaths that occurred from 2014 are from India followed by Russia, USA, Spain, Philippines, Portugal, Indonesia, South Africa, Romania, Pakistan, Mexico, Italy and China.
A Chinese woman was killed while taking a selfie on a train in Ambalangoda on October 9, 2016. According to the police, the 25-year-old woman was thrown out of the train when she was taking a selfie on the foot-board of the train. She succumbed to her injuries while being taken to hospital.
On October 13, 2016, a software Engineer in Parlakhemundi, India tried taking a selfie by climbing on boulders and trees along Mahendratanaya River when he slipped and fell into the water. His body was found 100 metres from the spot and was considered as an ‘unnatural death’, according to NDTV. In Kanpur, India, clicking a selfie photograph turned into a disaster for a 19-year-old as six of his friends drowned in the River Ganga on June 23, 2016. Here 19-year-old Shivam dived in to take a river selfie and drowned. His friends one after the other dived in to save each other but all seven youth died in the attempt.
An accident happened 40 miles north of Delhi in India, in a college in the city of Baraut, Uttar Pradesh. A girl believed to be around 16 years, was trying to take a selfie showing the ride of the Ferris wheel as well as her face. She got too close to the machine, her hair got entangled in the metal and dragged her off as the wheel turned before it was eventually stopped when people realised what had happened. According to reports she survived the horrific accident and is now recovering in hospital.
In Miami, Florida, a newly-wed Oregon couple set off on their honeymoon in Disneyland. Afterwards the 34-year-old groom decided to take a dip in the sea. He was clicking a selfie just before a shark attacked him. His right leg was ripped off resulting in a heavy loss of blood. He died in the arms of his newly-wed wife on his way to the hospital.
Xenia Ignatyeva in Saint Petersburg tried climbing on to a railway bridge to take a selfie when she lost her balance and plunged 30 feet to her death. When she lost balance, in an attempt to save herself she grabbed a high voltage cable and was electrocuted by 1500V and died in the fall.
On October 9, 2016 in Muscat, Oman, two Sri Lankan girls went on a picnic with their family. Trying to take a selfie in a nearby spring, one girl fell in and the other while trying to save her was also dragged by the currents. On their way to the hospital both were pronounced dead.
These are some of the few cases of the 49 deaths that occurred. The selfie craze has come and gone into extremes that even put lives in danger. ‘Selfie free zones’ have been created in Mumbai to ensure people’s safety. Indians have renamed the selfie as Killfie because of the recklessness people display when taking selfies.
Everything needs to have a limit. Why would you put yourself in danger just because you need likes on Facebook or Instagram? Always think before you leap, literally. Live in the moment, life is precious. Social media has its pros, but try not to make it your life. Life is all about moments you treasure. Let’s pray for lives lost and hope people treasure life more than selfies.