Death By Selfie

Death By Selfie

( – From tornadoes to earthquakes, and everything in between, disasters can affect anyone. What does this have to do with cell phones? The answer is simple — People want to capture that ‘moment,’ which can lead to very serious consequences.

Cell phones have proven to be a very useful tool for calling for help in emergency situations. If someone is trapped under debris from a hurricane or tornado, a cell phone could be the difference between life or death for that person.

During an earthquake, for example, many things can become weakened, broken, or even destroyed. This is especially true in places where earthquakes are not common, because the buildings aren’t designed to manage these movements.

Someone unfortunate enough to become trapped under debris in an earthquake will more than likely want to call for help (or send out a selfie showing where they are), but that may not always be wise. These events cause a lot of ground motion which could mean broken pipes and possibly gas lines. Cell phones can actually generate enough spark while in use to ignite natural gas, thus making an already dangerous situation deadly not just for the person trapped but also anyone exposed to the gas.

Additional Dangers

The situation outlined above is but one example of how using a cellphone in an emergency could be potentially dangerous. Here are a few more:

  • Taking selfies while operating any sort of machinery (such as your car) is dangerous, it takes your mind and your hand away from the task.
  • Unfamiliar territory creates a unique potential for disaster, because you’re focused on what’s showing up on the camera rather than where you’re going.
  • Selfies that include specifics about your location or life can give potential criminals just what they need in order to effectively do you harm.
  • The very premise of a selfie is dangerous because the goal is to take a picture that will be posted online, rather than taking a picture to hang on the wall. Anything that is included in that image has the potential to give away details you may not want to share with the public.

Cell phones have become a major part of our lives, but they should have limits and boundaries, just like anything else. They have proven time and time again to be very useful but there is always a chance that your cell phone might make a situation worse than it already is.

Be mindful of your surroundings and make sure you’re in a safe place before opening the camera feature on your phone. In disaster situations, check the area itself to ensure it’s safe to use a cell phone at all. Finally, always inspect the area to be captured, so you can remove any details that might provide information that could prove dangerously useful to criminals.

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