When it comes to deaths in 2015, being bitten by the shutterbug is often more dangerous than being bitten by a shark.
Last week, Hideto Ueda, a 66-year-old Japanese tourist, fell to his death while posing at the Taj Mahal’s Royal Gate for a selfie – a word that didn’t even exist a few years ago but is now the cause of 12 deaths in 2015, Mashable reported. Meanwhile, the number of fatalities caused this year by shark attacks sits at eight, according to SharkAttackSurvivors.com.
Four of the selfie-related fatalities were the result of a fall, injuries by either being hit by a train or jumping on “dangerous equipment,” are the second leading cause.
But travel memories are not the only types of photo opportunities enticing selfie lovers to put themselves in risky situations for the sake of “likes” on social media.
Earlier this month, Deleon Alonso Smith, a 19-year-old Houstonian, died of an accidental gunshot wound to the throat while taking a selfie with the weapon.
In response to the deaths, parks and landmarks have taken measures to protect visitors from themselves and their temptations to selfie in hazardous situations, according to Mashable.