Once derided as artifacts of narcissism, selfies may now become the next object of digital fear. The Russian government issued a warning about the dangers of selfies.
Among the more memorable cases was an incident last month when a drunk Siberian man accidentally toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin while trying to photograph himself with the Communist leader.
Just last weekend, a 21-year old Muscovite fell to her death from a city bridge during a selfie attempt. In May, another 21-year-old woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a non-lethal pistol, causing severe injury, while trying to strike a pose.
Other grim incidents involving selfie-takers have included electrocutions and even deadly grenade explosions. In fact, police reported that about 100 people have been injured and at least 10 killed since the beginning of the year while attempting selfies...
Let's see if this specter moves west.
(thanks to Todd Bryant)