In fact, the selfie craze has proven so unsafe that officials in Australia had to fence off a 16-storey high rock that looks like a wedding cake because people wouldn’t stop taking photos on it, despite fears it could collapse at any time.
The death toll for selfie-related fatalities now totals 12 people, whereas the amount of deaths related to shark attacks is 8.
A new study shows there have been more deaths from selfies than lethal shark attacks this year! This news comes during a year when shark attacks have reportedly been more frequent than usual, according to USA Today.
The latest tragedy was that of Hideto Ueda, a 66-year-old Japanese tourist in India, who died after falling down a flight of stairs while trying to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal.
To give the numbers some perspective, just 8 people have met their end at the mercy of sharks this year, per Mashable.
In a bid to curb the risky activity, numerous world’s leading tourist spots are now outlawing selfie-taking to keep visitors safe.
And in May, a teenager in the Ryazan region died while attempting to take a selfie as he climbed on a railway bridge and accidentally came into contact with live wires.
These selfie aids have become so unsafe that many theme parks and national attractions worldwide have banned them, including Disneyland, and Russian Federation even started a PSA to warn citizens of the danger of selfie taking, according to Seventeen.
In July, the Russian Interior Ministry even released a brochure warning about the dangers of selfies that “could cost you your life”.
Getting hit by a moving vehicle while trying to snap a photo.