Selfies Have Killed More People Than Sharks This Year

Maybe don't do it for the Insta?

Ricky Gervais taking a selfie on the red carpet.
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Perhaps this was bound to happen. But now, taking a picture of one's self with a cell phone has become far, far more dangerous than aquatic creatures with very sharp, pointed teeth and an affinity for blood. 

According to Mashable (opens in new tab), more people have died this year while trying to take selfies (12 people) than by shark attacks (8 people). Most of the tragedies were caused by people falling from cliffs or raised surfaces while trying to snap a pic. To which we ask: Remember when we had other people take our pictures? Or (gasp) tripods? Maybe it's time to go back.

Left Shark agrees.

Person in a shark costume dancing.

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Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.