Selfies Are Now Officially More Dangerous Than Sharks

Okay, so we know that selfies can’t bite off your leg or anything like that. That doesn’t matter though, since taking selfies is now statistically more dangerous than getting near one of the ocean’s greatest predators.

A 66-year old man recently died after falling down the stairs of the famous Taj Mahal while attempting to take a selfie. Remarkably, that isn’t the first time someone has died while selfie-ing (Is that a word? It should be.)

A grand total of 12 people have bit the dust so far in 2015 as a result of extreme selfie-ing (there it is again!) Falling from high places account for four of those deaths, while others were caused by getting too close to moving trains (always a bad idea) or dangerous wild animals (leave the bears alone!)

One man was gored to death in Spain during the running of the bulls. Dude, put your phone down and run!

In comparison, there have only been eight recorded deaths in 2015 that were a result of a shark attack. Granted, the year isn’t over and sharks could still close the gap.

Some popular tourist locations have even resorted to putting up signs that warn visitors of the dangers of selfies. We really didn’t think that a “Do not risk your life for Facebook likes” was a needed message on a sign, but apparently we were wrong.

No word on whether any of the 12 deaths involved those damn selfie sticks, but let’s be honest — they probably were. Selfie takers of the world, please be careful!

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon Taylor (@DevonTaylor113)

Devon has been writing about random things online since 2013. His favorite video game is Rocket League, his favorite TV show is The Sopranos, and he hated the last season of Game of Thrones. Follow him @DevonTaylor113.