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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seflie

I bumped into my former neighbours this morning and noticed that the daughter was wearing a shoulder sling. I was told  she slipped and fell off a rock while taking a selfie.

A couple of months back, I watched a YouTube video of a baby plunging to her death when she slipped out of her mom's arms while they were on a mall escalator in India.  The mom lost her balance and grip on the baby when she was taking a wefie with her husband. I couldn't get the image out of my mind. It was horrifying.

It saddens and maddens me when I read about stuff like this.

Really, what is it about a self-portrait that's worth risking your life or someone else's?

Interestingly, I read somewhere that India has the most deaths by selfies.




I blame social media. I think people are taking risks because they are subconsciously pressured into creating such content for their followers.

Is our life worth just one photo?

On a lighter note, this image  appeared on my FB feed and it made me smile!  I just had to share it!
image source -
Parthesh Modathy
The perfect duck face!!   LOL!!!

Would you risk your life for the perfect selfie?

27 comments:

betty said...

Nope, I wouldn't risk my life for a selfie. In fact, I think we've only taken 3-4 selfies over the years. Not much of a picture taker of myself, LOL. But funny story. The wee one had his mom's phone to watch his shows and somehow found the camera feature. She showed me some of the pictures he took. There were several good selfies in the bunch (along with lots of pictures of the floor LOL)

betty

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

wow...the kids look so happy.
have a great day

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...

I too love to take selfies . I hope you too like my photo in my blog .

Lin said...

The kid photos are hilarious. Funny how they mock what they see.

People and their darn phones. Ugh. Don't get me started. No...we don't take many selfies...mainly because I never remember to do that. I don't take photos of food either. And when I am walking in the woods or enjoying friends, I don't have my phone handy. It drives me mad when I see a mom walking with a stroller in the neighborhood...or at the park with her kids and she is on the damn phone. TALK TO YOUR KIDS!!

(stepping off soap box...)

Segilola Salami said...

those kids look so "adowable" in the voice of my preschooler

I have never really understood the need to immortalise every aspect of our daily lives by taking an unlimited amount of selfies but then again, I don't understand a lot of the things we do today "in modern society"

The other day, I was going through the pictures on my phone and realised that my daughter took up 99.99% of the content and I rarely featured in any. So I've since made a conscious effort to take more pictures of us together and maybe the odd one of me alone (1 in 1000000). Would I put them online, very rarely?

As someone whose grandmothers died without seeing any grandkids and my own mom passed away only hearing that my sister had just given birth and didn't get the chance to see any of her of grandkids, I will definitely not be taking any silly risks. I am praying that the curse in my lineage where the women don't see their grandkids will end with my mother. It's not really a curse but you know what I mean. Like there are families where even the great-grandparents are still alive.

Best wishes,

Segilola Salami

Sandee said...

A 2018 study of news reports showed that between October 2011 to November 2017, there were 259 selfie deaths in 137 incidents reported globally, with the highest occurrences in India followed by Russia, United States, and Pakistan.[7] The mean age was 22.94 years old with male deaths outnumbering female about three to one. Source: Wikipedia.

I think it's silly to risk your life or the life of others for a selfie. I'm out.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Mellie said...

I admit to taking a selfie here and there. Some people go overboard though! I don't think it's worth risking your life or injuring yourself for a photo. Crazy!

Kinga K. said...

I heard about it during my English class, it sounds crazy !!

Alexandra said...

Horrifying indeed, what are these people thinking? I guess that's the problem, they don't think, and certainly not about the consequences. How tragic that India is top of the list. Who would have thought?

Yee Kok Siong said...

You are right. Selfies are good as long as people retain their self-consciousness and respect the feelings of others.

Yee Kok Siong

betty-NZ said...

I have to wonder what goes through their heads to want to do something so dangerous. Personally, I don't understand it...

Lisa Pomerantz said...

Never, ever! OMG! What a tragic waste, these numbers are. Wow. When will the madness end. #globalblogging xoxo

Hena Tayeb said...

Oh god! I heard about a couple of youtubers who fell off a waterfall edge while trying to make a video.

http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

stevebethere said...

Crikey what is wrong with some people just to get a selfie words fail me.

That last image soooo cute heheh!

Have a selfielesstastic week

The Glossychic said...

Definitely no! never will I risk my life for selfie. Anyways those kids just made my day, I just can't stop laughing ha ha....
Wonder Cottage
The Glossychic

NC Sue said...

Utterly ridiculous. To lose your life over a selfie. And I so hate having my photo taken under ANY circumstances!
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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Horrific idea that posting to social media is that important. It ranks with texting while driving and killing people.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Now and then I take selfies of myself and with friends, but I like to think I'm aware of where I am when I take them. Like only on solid ground with no speeding vehicles or moving objects around me, or holes to step in. If accidents and deaths due to selfies increase horribly, camera and phone companies may have to put a warning label like those on cigarette packages.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

That's awful to think that people do dangerous things for a photo.

My GBGV Life said...

Selfies are fine, and can be fun, but we would never do anything risky to get one. We don't take risk to do normal photos either. It's not worth it.

Cathy Kennedy said...

Veronica,

It makes me mad to hear about the absurd behavior of anyone trying to capture the most outrageous selfie. The real problem is people lack the common sense to make good judgment decisions. Is this a good idea or not? No one is going to protect you like you are going to protect yourself. Listen up, dunderheads! Think for yourselves and question your situations instead of throwing caution to the wild. Who knows, you might be saving your life or another. Alright, enough ranting. Thanks for joining me today for a not-so-WW! ;)

Handmade Jewelry Haven said...

I have never been a 'selfie' taker.
I always had to wonder about people that take so many selfies.
Do they not have any kids? Or friends?
Do they just have low self esteem and need the adulation of the masses to feel loved?

Someday I am sure there will be a study on it.

Thanks for sharing the cute pic.

- Lisa

Michelle Kellogg said...

No I would not risk mine or anyone else's life just to take a selfie. I take the occasional selfie and there is nothing wrong with it but I wouldn't place myself in any risk just to take a photo. It's crazy that people feel the strong need to do this and I don't think it's just because they want to please their followers. Many people these days seem to thrive off the attention it gives them but it shouldn't be to the detriment of their well being or of anyone else's. #GlobalBlogging

Mom Of Two Little Girls said...

That is super sad. I guess we often forget that our kids are learning from watching us ... watching us make duck faces? Nope. Not right.
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Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

That's horrible, Veronica! I have never taken a selfie, guess I won't start now!

Rhonda Gales said...

No, I wouldn't risk my life for a selfie. I must be honest, I wouldn't have a clue where to start on taking one, lol. Thanks for sharing this information. I didn't have a clue that people were dying as a result of a selfie.

Chickenruby said...

I'd heard that about the death rate in India with selfies also. It's terrible to hear about that baby dying for the sake of a photo