A 15-year-old Indian boy fatally shot himself with his father’s gun in the midst of taking a selfie.
According to Mashable, Ramandeep Singh was trying to take a photo posing with his dad’s licensed .32 bore revolver when he accidentally shot the firearm and struck himself in the head.
He was reportedly rushed to a local hospital, but died as a result of severe head injuries.
While Singh’s death occurred in India which reportedly held the record for the highest number of selfie deaths in the world last year, the U.S. is also very familiar with these accidental deaths.
An almost identical incident occurred last year in Houston, Texas when a 19-year-old fatally shot himself in the neck while also attempting to take a selfie using a gun as a prop.
Similarly, a 16-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma shot himself in the leg twice over the course of three months and survived.
While glamorization of guns, lax gun control laws, and the lack of gun safety education throughout the world are mostly to blame for these disheartening situations, selfie culture is also equally responsible.
Several untimely deaths have occurred in the last few years due to people deliberately putting themselves in harm’s way in an attempt to take a striking selfie that will garner hundreds of likes or even go viral.
Two Turkish teens were struck by a truck and killed while they were lying in the middle of a dark road trying to take a selfie with airplanes flying behind them.
A string of other incidents including tumbling over cliffs, falling over bridges, and even electrocutions have claimed the lives of individuals around the world who were only trying to capture a memorable photo.
Things have gotten so far out of hand that the city of Mumbai declared 15 popular tourist locations as “no selfie zones” in an effort to prevent more of these tragic deaths.
The obsession with selfies and social media popularity doesn’t just affect humans, either. A group of tourists in Argentina recently killed a rare, endangered Franciscana dolphin after ripping it from the ocean and passing it around a mob of people who wanted to pose with it for a photo.
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The defenseless creature died of dehydration and its lifeless body was carelessly discarded on the beach after the photo session was over.
If society doesn’t change the way it promotes the notion that a person’s worth is determined by how many “likes” they can get, these incidents will continue to occur and we will keep losing young lives like Singh.
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