Selfie deaths have frequented the news recently and governments and emergency services all around the world are repeatedly asking people to take care while flaunting themselves off to their front cameras. With the advent of social media and the constant need to be visible and relevant, has given rise to selfies which have now been taken to a sensational level.
Selfies have been here for a few years now and it seems people think just a selfie of themselves is not enough and an ‘interesting’ background is the need of the day because what are you if not in a sensational place yourself. And this search for the sensational has given rise to a major problem that has cost the lives of many people all over the world.
The rate of deaths by accident while taking a selfie or simply selfie deaths has risen to a phenomenal level and in the most recent incident happened in Panama where a 27-year-old Portuguese woman fell to her death while taking a selfie on a balcony on the 27th floor of a building, according to a report by Daily Mail. Sandra Manuela Da Costa Macedo was leaning on the balcony in Luxor Tower at El Cangrejo, which is a popular neighborhood in Panama City when she lost her balance and fell. The paramedics arrived within 10 minutes.
But the paramedics declared that the Portuguese holidaymaker was already dead on their arrival. A friend wrote on social media that Macedo was a mother of two and the Police have reported that the incident is under investigation though a suspected cause may have been the strong wind.
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According to a 2017 report by the Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, falling is reported as the second most frequent cause of selfie death after drowning.