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One of the most inexplicable cultural trends of the last decade is the rise of the selfie. For some reason, humanity is now convinced that other people want to look at our faces all the time, so we snap photographs and post them on social media over and over again, no matter what the occasion. Baseball games, funerals, terrorist attacks – somebody’s going to be there taking a selfie. This camera obsession is proving dangerous as well – in 2015, more people died from selfie-related accidents than from shark attacks. Here’s our rundown of the ten worst disasters caused by obsessive selfie-taking.

Car Crash
selfie related accidents, selfie deaths
The absolute worst place to take a selfie – or do anything with your phone, really – is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Distracted driving accidents are on a steep rise over the last few years, as Jordan Toner learned a few months ago. The Maine resident was driving a few of his friends around when he decided he wanted to capture the moment with his cell phone. He leaned over to snap a selfie and, not paying attention to the road, veered sharply to the left and crashed hard into a tree. Thankfully nobody was killed, but his car was totaled and all of the passengers were injured.

Accidental Suicide
selfie related accidents, selfie deaths
One of the most popular genres for selfies is taking pics of yourself looking like a badass with a gun. There’s nothing more hood than fishing for likes on social media, after all. But for 19-year-old Texan Deleon Alonso Smith, that impulse would end his life. In September 2015, Smith and his cousin found a gun at an undisclosed location and brought it home to their apartment. Smith snapped a bunch of badass selfies with the pistol in a variety of poses, but during one shot he pointed the gun at his head and accidentally pulled the trigger. It went off, putting a bullet in his throat and killing him.

Seven Person Drowning
selfie related accidents, selfie deaths
Solo selfies are one thing, but it turns out that group selfies can be even more dangerous. In March of 2015, a group of Indian youths went on a picnic in the Nagpur area near Mangrul Lake. Seeing a ramshackle boat out on the water, a group of the kids climbed in and paddled out into the middle of the lake. Once there, the only rational thing to do was take a selfie, so they all stood up in the boat and got their phones out. It’s not recommended to stand up in boats, and they quickly found out why when the vessel capsized and all seven of them drowned. Their compatriots on shore called police but their bodies weren’t recovered until the next day.

Cliff Fall
selfie related accidents, selfie deaths
The invention of front-facing cameras has made vacation photos so much worse. We feel the need to stick our faces in front of what were previously beautiful vistas just to prove we were there. That said, what happened to a Polish couple on vacation in Portugal’s Cabo da Raca region is a true tragedy. The pair climbed over a safety railing to get a better shot of themselves standing atop a tall cliff, only to lose their footing and drop hundreds of feet into the ocean below. Even worse, the couple’s young children watched the whole grisly ordeal and are now orphans.

Plane Crash
selfie related accidents, selfie deaths
It used to be so difficult to take photographs in olden times. Now you just point and shoot. But even that’s enough to cause a deadly distraction, especially if you should be concentrating on something like, say, flying a plane. When the Cessna 150 piloted by Amritpal Singh went down outside of Boulder, Colorado, investigators found a GoPro camera among the wreckage. Video footage from it showed that both Singh and his passenger were taking selfies at night with the flash on in the plane’s cabin as they flew, no doubt disorienting the pilot to the point where he crashed the aircraft and killed everybody on board.

Volcano Crater
selfie related accidents, selfie deaths
The thing about taking a selfie is that it takes your attention away from everything but your phone screen. So when a group of students from Indonesia went on a hike up Mt. Merapi, an active volcano on the Java border, they probably should have been paying more attention. One of the men, Eri Yunanto, decided to pose for a quick selfie on the rim during the hike. Unfortunately, he didn’t pay attention to where he was stepping and lost his footing, dropping some 600 feet to the bottom of the volcano’s crater. His friends ran for help, but Yunanto was already dead.

Train Electrocution
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Selfies are like real estate: it’s about location, location, location. So when a pair of teenage Romanian girls got the idea to snap self-portraits on top of a train, they surely saw thousands of likes dancing in their notifications. Unfortunately for Anna Ursu and her friend, climbing atop a choo-choo would lead to a grisly demise. While on top of the train, Ursu’s leg came in contact with a live electrical conduit, sending 27,000 volts through her body with a loud explosive sound. The force was enough to kill her instantly and send her unidentified friend flying off of the train.

The Running Of The Bulls
selfie related accidents, selfie deaths
Many people take selfies in dangerous situations so they can prove to the world just how badass they truly are. That’s all well and good, but when a massive bull is charging at you it might be time to put the iPhone down. During the 2015 Running of the Bulls in the Spanish town of Villaseca de la Sagra, David González Lopez had his camera out and was filming them over his shoulder with his selfie camera instead of running for his life. That proved to be a pretty stupid decision, as one of the beasts noticed him and brutally gored Lopez in the back, flipping him into the air and further mangling him as he lay helpless on the ground. He was taken to the hospital but quickly perished from his wounds.

Russian Daredevil
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The teens of Russia have earned a reputation for taking some of the most ridiculous selfies in the world, often climbing to the top of buildings, bridges and other structures to defy death for Instagram fame. When you defy death too often, though, it starts to defy you. Andrey Retrovsky was a popular Russian Instagrammer who was getting famous for his pics, and in October 2015 he set up a shot where he would hang by a rope from a roof to look like he was falling. Unfortunately for Retrovsky, the rope snapped and he plummeted to his doom on the street below. The Russian government has even produced a selfie-taking guide that expressly warns citizens not to take shots in perilous places, but it doesn’t seem to be doing much good.

Car Fatality
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People typically take selfies in good times, but the cruel irony of Courtney Sanford’s fatal photograph will set you off. The 32-year-old North Carolina woman was on her way to work when she snapped a pic and uploaded it to Facebook with the caption “The happy song makes me so HAPPY.” Less than a minute later, her car crossed over the center border and plowed into a recycling truck, bursting into flames. She was trapped inside and perished, and police didn’t find any traces of alcohol in her system, ruling that the cause of the accident was distraction from social media.

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