People are willing to do anything for the 'gram. According to a rent study, a large majority of people are risking their lives for the perfect Insta-worthy selfie. Over the past 10 years, selfie-related deaths in Canada have been on the rise. In Canada in particular, there have been 4 notable deaths in the last year that were a result of risky selfies.
According to a study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, 259 people around the globe died from selfie-related accidents between October 2011 and November 2017.
On average, about 72.5% of the deaths involved males while 27.5% deaths involved females. The highest number of selfie-deaths took place in India, with Russia, the United States, and Pakistan falling shortly behind. The study found that the top three reasons for selfie-deaths included drowning, transportation, and falling.
In Canada, there have been 4 notable selfie-related deaths, all of which took place in 2018. The first incident took place nine months ago. On July 3, 2018, three well-known YouTubers were pronounced dead a Shannon Falls in British Columbia. Ryker Gamble, 30, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, and Megan Scraper were known for posting daring videos of their crazy adventures.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the three YouTubers were swimming in a pool at the top of the waterfall when Scraper slipped and fell 30 metres into a pool below. Gamble and Lyakh attempted to save Scraper, but all three were swept away.
Their bodies were found along with an underwater camera. It is likely that they were shooting a vlog for their YouTube channel when the accident occurred.
Another selfie-related death that gained national attention was the passing of Jon James McMurray, a Canadian rapper from Calgary. At 30, McMurry died after performing a stunt on the wing of a plane in North Okanagan.
According to his management team, the artist fell to this death while rapping on the wing of a plane. He was allegedly filming for a project that he had been working on for several months that included intensive stunt training.
His team said that McMurry kept walking further onto the wing of the plane which caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot could not correct.
In Vernon, British Columbia, a close-call occurred after a person was taking a photo of themselves at the top of a waterfall. On August 5th, 2018, Vernon Search and Rescue were called out to rescue a man who had slipped and fallen 150 feet while taking a photo at the top of a waterfall in Fintry Falls provincial park.
The man had allegedly dropped his phone while taking a picture and after he bent down to pick it up, he fell. Both he and the phone were recovered and only minor injuries were sustained.
Scary incidents like this have also occurred recently. Back in February of this year, a BC man nearly killed himself after risking his own life to take photos on a ski mountain. The man allegedly snowboarded out of bounds at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver for the sole purpose of taking pictures.
Thankfully, the man was able to be rescued. Search crews stated that his survival was “extremely fortunate” considering how unprepared he was.
Selfie-related deaths have become so common that the study is calling for “no selfie zones” to be created in dangerous areas. These areas would conclude peaks of mountains, large bodies of water, and tall buildings.
"Usually the youth and tourists are frequently affected because of the desire of “being cool,” posting photos on social medical, and getting rewards in forms of likes and comments,” writes the study.
“Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behaviour that accompanies selfies is dangerous.”
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