Hold on to your selfie sticks, guys! You might want to consider this before you snap your next shot.
According to a new study, selfies have killed more people this year than sharks. Yes, sharks!
The pursuit of the perfect selfie has killed 12 people this year while sharks have only killed 8. That being the case, trying to snap a selfie WITH a shark (please don't try to snap a selfie with a shark) would be putting you in double jeopardy.
While most of us stick to snapping selfies or the bathroom or gym mirrors, it's hard to imagine how the pics could become dangerous, but consider the "look what I climbed on top of" selfies, driving selfies - or wild animal selfies.
According to Mashable, four of the selfie deaths were people who died from falling, while some others were hit by trains. One man was reportedly killed while trying to take a selfie during the running of the bulls while another was the result of trying to take a selfie while driving.
Focusing on the selfie and not whatever danger might be an arm's length in front of you is risky enough, but selfie sticks could pose an additional threat at places like theme parks, where the stick (and your phone!) are hanging a few feet outside of the ride. It's become such an issue that Disney Theme Parks recently banned them, citing safety concerns.
So, before you snap your next selfie, consider the risks - no pic is THAT important!