Mobile phones and connected items in general have changed and will carry on changing our lives big time. And if connected devices change the way we live, they also, as it turns out, change the way we die…
Connected devices and mobile terminals in particular, as a general rule, contribute to making our lives better even before we are born. Applications monitor the health and condition of babies pre-delivery, and once the baby is born, offer possibilities to ensure toddlers have access to a healthy start from tips for parents, to educational tools. Of course, this continues all the way into adulthood where we now have all sorts of applications to monitor heartbeats, our sport performances, sleeping cycles etc. So, in a way, it makes sense that mobile devices are also turning out to have an impact on the way our lives end.
The Selfie Danger
You probably heard about the recently published article by Mashable highlighting the fact that to date this year more people died of a selfie than of a shark attack. 12 deaths from selfies against 8 deaths from sharks. In the contest of which is more dangerous, the selfie or the shark, were you surprised by the results?
How is that possible?
Apparently, the people who died trying to take a selfie lost their lives because they didn’t realize that they were near any real danger.
Sad fact that is of course but, we can also be surprised that only 12 people died while taking a selfie. When we consider the number of mobile phone devices in service in the world (just over 7 billion) and the number of selfies done every day, the risks of serious injuries seems extremely high, …so how come ?
Maybe, despite what some media outlets might want to portray, smartphone users are actually more prudent than we think and are perfectly aware of their environment, at least when trying to do a selfie, and those 12 accidents are only “marginal figures”.
And what about sharks you might wonder ? Well, all that we can say to date is that according to the stats published by Mashable, a surfer trying to do a selfie with a shark is much more at risk than a shark trying to do a selfie with a surfer.
For the record, and for the more scientific among you, there has been pushback on the comparison of sharks and selfies. Forbes makes the point that the comparison isn’t exactly fair. They have a point, but it’s certainly interesting to think about!