We’re entering the spring season, which means people are traveling for spring break and planning warm summer vacations. Vacationing can do wonders for recharging your health and rejuvenating your mind. Whether visiting family, taking a break from work or escaping “real life” for a little rest and relaxation in a tropical paradise, traveling also can expose you to a number of dangers. The immediate medical care team at eMedical Urgent Care wants travelers to understand the importance of being aware of and learning how to prevent common travel hazards including “death by selfie.”
Death by Selfie
A somewhat recent phenomenon, which has coincided with the increase of smartphones and social networks, is the rise in selfie-related injuries and deaths. Some individuals will stop at nothing to get the perfect selfie for Snapchat, even if it means getting too close to wildlife or sitting on the edge of a cliff. And recently, a teenager in India was struck and killed while trying to take a picture of himself in front of an oncoming train.
Many destinations have actually closed parts of their attractions after people began engaging in way too risky behaviors just to take a selfie. Many of these unfortunate deaths and injuries could have been prevented if people had been following the rules at their organization; selfies just aren’t worth it.
- Since 2014, 49 people have been reported dead as a result of some sort of accident involving a selfie.
- More than a quarter of selfie-related deaths are concentrated among 21-year-olds
- 75 percent are male.
- The most dangerous places to take a self-portrait seem to be high places or in water.
- 16 people died from falling off a cliff or a tall building, while 14 drowned.
- Posing next to an oncoming train is responsible for eight deaths
“A lot of these so-called selfie deaths can be blamed more on carelessness than photography. You have to be careful about taking shortcuts when trying to determine what is and isn’t threatening.”
Multiple studies show that vacations give you a big boost for your heart and brain health, but the key is to plan appropriately and stay safe (even when you’re snapping selfies). And remember to stop by eMedical Urgent Care immediate medical care clinic to stay up to date on routine immunizations and flu shots. You can book an appointment through ZocDoc online or on your smartphone.
Enjoy Your New Jersey Vacation
Getting ill or injured while traveling can be frustrating. Rather than waiting for hours in an emergency room, you can ensure that you and your loved ones will receive the treatment that’s needed, when it’s needed. Learn more about protecting you and your family next time you travel by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707.