Selfies vs. Shark Attacks... Which Are More Deadly?
It has been a bad year
for shark attacks, from the North Carolina coast to the waters of Australia.
Sharks are scary. And they can be dangerous, occasionally lethal. But not, as
Condé Nast Traveler reports, as lethal as that
ubiquitous-of-late travel pastime, the selfie.
Believe it or not,
shark attacks have been far less dangerous to travellers than selfie accidents.
Let's look at the
numbers. Through August of this year, there have been 8 confirmed shark-related
deaths around the world.In those
same 8 months, the number of selfie-related deaths reached at least 10.
And those are just the
ones easily tracked. According toReuters,the Russian Interior
Ministry reacted to "dozens" of selfie deaths and injuries early this
year with a series of slightly bizarre warnings. (As you can see from the
Selfie deaths have
come from bridge falls, cliff tumbles, hand grenade explosions, shots to the
head – even bison goring. It’s enough to keep the Darwin Awards people busy for
In June, the European
Union actually proposed the criminalization of certain types of selfies:
namely, those containing landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or Rome's Trevi
The bottom line: stay
out of the water, if you must. But when it comes to real scary situations, the
selfie stick is a much bigger menace.