That selfie may be an epic, but not worth it for you to live
May 23, 2019 – Bison doesn’t seem to notice Brandi Burgess.
During a family vacation to Yellowstone National Park in 2015, Burgess said that this 2,000-pound giant monkey was very obedient, unconcerned with people and far enough to take selfies with girls and children. interesting in the background. She held up the phone.
Then, the largest terrestrial mammal in North America began charging.
Burgess, 47, managed at a Flora, MS factory, said: “When we took a picture, this man was at the edge of the parking lot popping out, ‘You’re too close! It started move”. . She heard the sound of hooves and started running.
“I’ve done three steps before he got me. I’m in the air,” she said. “When I touch the ground, all I can think is, ‘He will trample me. It is over.'”
Her father jumped on her and after about a minute of staring, the bison wandered. Fortunately, the bison’s horns have lost their pointy heads, so what could be life’s puncture wounds is a large bruise instead.
The situation has changed from normal to life-threatening for a few seconds to take a selfie, where you can see the bison charging the battery for Burgess and the unexpected girl.
“We have no intention of approaching him. It seems to be a good visual opportunity, but looking back I will not do it again because I was lucky, very lucky,” she said.
“This will sound horrible, but it is a monumental selfie.”
The death of selfie is increasing
Many others pursuing “selfie” were not so lucky. In 2019, there were countless incidents. Two girls in Russia fell into death when taking selfies. Three teenagers in India were killed by a train. A college student in Arkansas fell off a cliff while taking a selfie.
A recent study found 259 deaths and 137 injuries or accidents around the world during 2011-2017, from three deaths in 2011 to 93 in 2017. Cliffs, car accidents , animal attacks, drowning, gunfire accidents – all of the countless ways people have been killed or injured when taking selfies.
Males make up three-quarters of all deaths when taking selfies. Half of the victims are aged 20-29 and 36% are 10-19 years old. Nearly half happen in India, followed by Russia and the United States.
Drowning, attacking trains and falls are the most common causes of death – a moment of distraction, unaware of the surrounding environment that has caused death. And the authors of the study noted that since selfies were not recorded as the official cause of death, the number was actually much higher.
Such revelations have led to an increase in calls for photographers to be more cautious and set up “non-selfie areas” in places like lakes, landscapes and national parks. But with an estimated 24 billion selfies taking a year, that’s a lot of thinking to change.
The authors of the study wrote: “Selfies themselves are not harmful, but human behavior with selfies is dangerous. Individuals need to be educated about certain dangerous behaviors and dangerous places. Danger should not take selfie. ”
Social media influence
Why, then, do people have the motivation to climb the slippery ledges or go too close to dangerous animals to pursue a photo?
John Grohol, PsyD, a psychologist in Newburyport, MA, and founder of Web site Psych Central, said it is no coincidence that the rise of selfie deaths coincides with the popularity of media platforms. Social like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“It is a psychological consolidation for people to get more likes. It tells them that other people are finding an interesting and interesting picture. … It is a psychological pat on the head. Say to you, ‘Hey, you’re doing well’ Keep it if you want to continue to be loved by everyone, “he said.
Dangerous until people feel they need to stand up to show themselves the great places they visit and the great things they do, to be on or above the popularity of the final photo.
“People see selfie is not risky, there is no danger involved, that,” I have taken a million and I have seen a million on social media and no one is hurt in things “They forget that it is not about you taking a selfie. It is about the fact that you are putting yourself in a dangerous situation. ”
“It’s easy to get distracted by what you’re doing on the phone. You’re forgetting, ‘I need to hold on to the other hand’ and suddenly you like, ‘Oh I need to swipe.’ ”
Another factor, he said, is that people may have spent hours walking to a location. They have relied on their day to get there. How many people will return without receiving a photo because of the risk of falling?
“You already have all the expenses you spent trying to get to the moment of selfie, so your mind doesn’t look at the situation objectively at the time. I think, ‘I “I have done all the other things to get to this point, so turning around doesn’t seem to be a reasonable choice,” he said.
More and more research on what some people call “self-inflammation” or self-obsessive photography. In a student study in India, researchers isolated three characteristics that make people suffer from “complacent inflammation”: seeking attention, improving the environment (creating a better memory of where they are coming or what they are doing) and social competition.
“The results show that people with chronic ‘chronic inflammation’ are seeking ways to integrate with people around them and may exhibit symptoms similar to other addictive behaviors,” co-workers. author Mark Griffiths, PhD in psychology at Nottingham Trent wrote University.
Griffiths says “self-inflammation” is a term created without clinical definition. “Our study simply considers whether or not to take a selfie too much, and we have come to the conclusion that it appears.”
Concerning the physical danger of selfie, he said, “For the overwhelming majority, selfies are life-affirming and improving lives without any negative drawbacks.”
Grohol repeats feelings.
“Most of us do it logically. We don’t have self-worth or social life around selfie, but for some, it can become a very good game. The danger when they play, with social media, with All expresses their own ideas of self-worth and a sense of self-esteem, and I will argue that there is clearly no picture. I don’t care about your self-worth, it makes your life in danger, I don’t think it’s a very good trade-off and doesn’t make much sense. “