Dying for your art just took on a whole new meaning, after the BBC reported that selfie deaths are on the rise. Citing reported incidents around the world where
idiots, sorry people, are falling to their deaths after trying to impress followers on social media, US researchers confirm that the number is actually increasing each year. Dear god.
From 15 recorded selfie deaths in 2014, to 39 in 2015 and then 73 in the first eight months of this year - you can see it's a growing trend. Of the 127 total deaths, 76 happened in India, nine were in Pakistan, eight were in the US and six came from Russia. Experts studying the cases say most come from people falling to their deaths after taking dangerous selfies at high altitudes. Although bizarrely, in India many people die from posing next to train tracks with mates - it's said to denote lifelong friendship (but mostly just suggests imminent death). In the US and Russia posing with guns has become a deadly manoeuvre.
Luckily for the future of humankind, a team of American researchers are developing an app which warns dangerous selfie takers when they're getting too close for comfort. While this is no doubt a smart development, we wonder if it's smarter not to pose for selfies in perilous locations in the first place? In fact, another more controversial theory suggests that selfie deaths are another step in Darwin's theory of evolution. Only the smart survive... (Sorry, we had to go there).