Taking selfies is a highly popular activity among teenagers and young adults. For some the love for selfies is way beyond imagination. What makes taking and sharing selfies even more popular is related to how it affects our self-esteem. Presenting ourselves to others in the best way possible raises our self-esteem and after we receive positive views on social media, it gets a further boost. Turning the camera on ourselves makes us more inclined to see ourselves through the eyes of others.
But selfie taking is a dangerous addiction. One such case of selfie addiction reminds me of a teenager who was so addicted of taking selfies that he allegedly spent 10 hours a day taking 200 selfies. He even dropped out of school, and tried to kill himself when he was unable take the perfect photo of himself.
In fact, there have been numerous cases in the past in which people took selfies against dangerous background in order to capture the perfect view or show their bravery. Take a look at some of them:
Amruta Fadnavis’ selfie at India’s first domestic cruise ‘Angriya’
Few days back, Amruta Fadnavis, the wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, took a selfie sitting on the edge of a cruise ship. The image instantly went viral. Following the uproar and getting trolled on social media, she issued a statement saying that the spot where she was sitting was safe. She was attending the inauguration of domestic cruise liner Angriya in Mumbai.
Amritsar train tragedy
Tragedy struck during Dussehra celebration in Amritsar (on October 19) when a speeding train ran over a festive crowd that spilled on to the tracks while watching the customary burning of a giant Ravana effigy. The accident led to at least 61 people were killed and 74 injured in the accident. Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was the chief guest at the programme. Despite the scale of the tragedy, such was the apathy of people that they enjoyed taking selfies and videos standing on the tracks. Many, including political leaders, took to Twitter to express dismay over the selfie culture during such tragic incidents.
Selfie on the edge of lake in Bengaluru
Three students died while trying to take their own picture at a lake near Siddheshwara shrine in Bengaluru. While one of the three students was trying to click a selfie on the edge of the lake, one of them slipped and fell into it and drowned. The other two students died by drowning while trying to save him.
As per a recent study, almost 100 people died taking selfies in 2017. The study found that between 2011 and 2017, 259 people died taking selfies, with 159 such incidents reported in India.
The report also recommended establishing ‘no selfie zones’ at dangerous locations. However, it is hard to see the practicality of the solution given the diversity of locations and the stupidity of many of the acts.
Given the magnanimity of the problem, the Union Ministry of Tourism issued an advisory to states to install sign boards warning tourists of the danger of taking selfies in certain areas. Maharashtra police have even identified 29 “selfie spots” as dangerous.