There has been records of phone selfie deaths since 2014 and this is just the newest occurrence. A 15-year-old Indian boy died in a hospital on Monday May 2, after he accidentally shot himself while taking a selfie with his father’s licensed .32 bore revolver.
The boy’s father said the safety catcher of the gun was not in place. Unfortunately, the hospital doctor said the teenager died due to severe head injuries from the gun shot.
Taking a selfie has become a norm all around the world. Even leaders of countries takes phone selfies. But many deaths have been reported to have been as a result of an accident while the victim was distracted, taking a selfie.
According to Marshable.com there have been dubious records of selfie deaths in Indian in 2015 — series of occurrences like that of two people who died in front of railway tracks while taking a selfie and a man who was gored by the elephant he was trying to take a photograph with.
They said more than half of the 27 selfie deaths across the world in 2015 happened in India and the unfortunate trend shows no signs of abating, with three selfie deaths across India in the first two weeks of 2016 already.
List of Phone Selfie Deaths and Injuries in the World 2014 – 2016
According to record from 2014 till date, taking phone selfies has resulted in alarming injuries and deaths around the world. People are seen doing crazy and bizarre poses for a phone photo snaps just to prove a point.
In March 2014, a 21-year-old Spanish man died from electrocution after climbing on top of a train to take a selfie with friends and touching a wire that (contrary to the assumptions of the group) turned out to be live. One of the friends was taken to hospital and as of March 18 remained “in serious condition.”
In August same year, a Polish couple fell to their death off a cliff in Portugal after crossing a safety barrier to take a selfie with their children. Their two children who were present at the scene survived.
In February 2015, a 16-year-old boy was killed by a passenger train while taking a selfie with an approaching train in Chennai, India. The teen reportedly walked in front of the train and waited for it to come closer before taking the photo.
The same thing happened to BA first-year student of the Kalyani Mahavidyalaya College Sourav Dey who died and another was critically injured in the Kalyani area in Nadia district of West Bengal, India as they were run over by a train while taking selfies. Both the students were taking selfies on the track when they were hit by a train.
The same year’s July, a man from San Diego was hospitalised for five days following an attempt to take a selfie with a rattlesnake.
January this year (2016), a 19-year-old student fell from the top of a 20-story apartment building in Manila, Philippines, while taking a selfie. According to her classmate, “she was not satisfied with the photos they had taken so she decided to climb up the parapet wall”
These are just a few among many deaths recorded since 2014, and the case of the 15-year-old teenager was just the latest. Meanwhile India is said to top the list of Selfie Deaths in the world. Wikipedia gives a detailed list of the deaths and injuries.
I am guessing Nigerians can’t be that nuts over an ordinary photograph. Who’d agree with me?