Put down the selfie stick: More deaths have resulted from than so far in 2015—Wait. Really?
Over the past nine months, deaths have been reported from , , and —all while attempting to capture an outrageous selfie. Now, following the most recent news of a after trying to pose for a picture at the Taj Mahal’s Royal Gate in India, media website Mashable investigated like this have taken place over the last year, and compared that to the number of shark-related deaths.
Their findings: since the beginning of the year, 12 people have died while attempting to , while only eight people died following . Mashable also pointed out that only four of the selfie fatalities occurred from falling; others died after being struck by trains, for example, and a Texas teenager recently died from while posing for a selfie with a gun.
Back in January, two men were killed in Russia after , according to Al Jazeera, prompting the Russian police to launch a “safe selfie” campaign. And —including !—have banned selfies or selfie-sticks entirely, citing safety concerns. (Selfie-related injuries and deaths even has its own .)
As jaw-dropping as this is, Mashable’s findings do skip over a few important facts. For one, it’s important to note that the chances of dying either post-selfie or by shark attack are still very low. And as Forbes writer Alex Knapp points out, given that literally have been taken this year, 12 selfie-related deaths actually represents extremely low odds.
Still, that selfies have played a role in even just one of these accidents is noteworthy. Let Mashable’s stats be an important safety reminder to everyone: Pay attention to more than your iPhone screen; your life is way more valuable than that epic Instagram photo.