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Taking a cool Selfie could cost you your life
Just about everybody who has a decent smartphone wants to take a selfie. Truly the selfie mania is on the rise. Selfies or self-portraits are especially popular amongst youngsters who want to capture every moment of their lives and share it on social media. But, believe it or not, twelve people have lost their lives in 2015 in trying to take cool selfies.

It is common for people these days to take selfies while standing on the edge of a cliff, driving a car or fiddling with a loaded gun. Four selfie deaths occurred due to falling in 2015. The latest one being when in September this year a 66-year old Japanese tourist along with his companion was trying to take a selfie at the Royal Gate of the Taj Mahal and stumbled. While his companion escaped with a leg fracture, Ueda sustained a head injury and passed away later.


Another fatality of a failed selfie attempt was a 21-year old Russian women who fell off a bridge. Three Indian students were run over by a train, while they were trying to take a daring selfie on railway tracks. This issue has caught the attention of many countries, and in July this year the Russian Interior Ministry started an awareness campaign to alert its young citizens to exercise caution while taking selfies. Although taking selfies is a creative art, it is still not worth your life. The campaign's slogan is, "Even a million `likes' on social media are not worth your life and well-being."


An essential piece of equipment required for taking selfies is a `selfie stick'. Many theme parks including Disney, museums and sports arenas have prohibited the use of selfie sticks. West Japan Railways was the first institution in the world to ban and restrict the use of selfie sticks inside the Bullet train and outside on the platforms.

 

Restrictions can merely reduce such unfortunate incidents, but it is only through self-control and awareness that these accidents can be totally stopped. So next time you or your pal try to take such a selfie, ask yourself, is it worth it?


Watch the video below to see how risky taking selfies can be:


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