When it comes to doing selfies, I try to avoid them like the the plague. Selfies are not my friend because they either come out blurry, you can see my finger in them, I look cross eyed, or you can see multiple chins. Nobody needs to see my multiple chins. Last week, Regina musician Amy Nelson stopped by for an interview about her latest project and she gave me some valuable tips on how to do a proper selfie. So far, I’ve only tried them out at home.
A few scientists from around the globe are now pushing for selfie free zones for a surprising reason. People are dying from them. Between 2011 and 2017 nearly 260 people died from taking selfies mostly from not being aware of their surroundings. The most common form of death by selfie was drowning followed closely by falling and being hit by a vehicle.
The closest selfie accident I’ve had so far is bumping the CKRM sign in the control room and knocking dust off of it, which ended up on my shoulder and was visible in the picture. Between multiple chins and a dusty shirt, it made for a terrible selfie….again (notice how blurry the above picture is).
So the point is, be careful snapping your selfie pictures out there and always be aware of your surroundings. After all, a picture of you drowning on Facebook or Instagram will not gather many “thumbs up.” There will only be a lot of sad emojis.