There is nothing wrong in taking a selfie but just because Selfie Mental Disorder was a hoax it doesn’t mean all selfies we take especially those that seems so trendy in Instagram nowadays are okay. It’s scary how lengths people will go to take selfies during interesting situations. What started as a silly trend and word, has transformed into something that’s potentially fatal, or at the very least very dangerous, so if you choose to partake in the Age of the Selfie, be sure to avoid the choices of the folks below. Here are selfie trends you do not want to fall into – they could put your life or reputation in danger, and no amount of Instagram likes can justify either.
10. The Train Platform Selfie
Please, please, please do NOT be this guy. Traveler Jared Michael wanted to capture the perfect selfie from his Machu Picchu, Peru adventures, but instead, he was nearly killed by a train. Luckily the train’s conductor managed to kick the young guy out of the way before it was too late. Michael said the incident was more “shocking than painful,” and thank God for that. He made it out OK, and hopefully won’t attempt something like this again.
9. Selfie with a Wild Animal
Wild animals like elephants don’t care who you are: if you violate their space for the sake of a selfie, there are consequences. Kim Kardashian learned this the hard way during her recent trip to Thailand, when she tried to snap a photo next to an elephant and, apparently, aggravated the animal. Kim later laughed it off as a “selfie fail” but she sure looks shaken up in this pic.
8. #AfterSex Selfie
If you’d like to document the shared experience on social media, that’s within your rights, but keep in mind that the insanely popular #aftersex Instagram trend invites the public into your most private, intimate moments. This may not be an issue for you, but consider your partner’s feelings as well as the possibility that the image could make its way over to your parents, relatives or potential employer at some point. Not good for your reputation.
7. Disaster Selfie
Be respectful and sensitive. A woman has been shamed by the New York Post after she snapped a smiling self-portrait in front of a suicidal man on the Brooklyn Bridge. Please know that not all interesting situations are “selfie moments”. Before you take one, be sensitive, think if it is appropriate or not. But seriously, a man trying to end his life is already given that it is not a place to smile and take a selfie.
6. The Funerak Selfie
Honestly, before there was a “selfie” I find it rude to pose for photos in funerals especially if you are smiling or trying to look sexy. Another person’s funeral isn’t about you. A funeral selfie won’t land you in the hospital, but it could certainly make you seem wildly insensitive, and that’s something to think about before uploading a pouty face onto Instagram or Facebook.
5. Bathroom Selfies
MySpace and Friendster haven’t been a thing for a very long time. Don’t even remotely resurrect it by encouraging bathroom selfies. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to James Franco should take note, especially since photos like the one above could alter your professional or personal image. And yes, even though you’re hot.
4. The Elder-Abuse Selfie
You don’t want to be arrested, right? Well, this seems like it could definitely be grounds for jail time. You’re grandparents might be awesome but there are more appropriate pose that are equally fun for a selfie with them.
3. The Driving Selfie
Texting and driving are dangerous enough, so if you’d like to take a selfie behind the wheel, at least pullover and turn off the engine first. Come on Miley, we know you know better!
2. The Roller Coaster Selfie
Can’t you just buy the photo the roller coaster camera captures for you? Sure it’s a ripoff and not as close to your face as you’d like. I know the feeling and the scenery up there, I’ve been there but anything is better than losing your phone or perhaps your life if you take a risk to snap the perfect selfie at the top of the roller coaster.
1. Subway or MRT/ LRT Track Selfie
As we learned from #10, it’s dangerous to mess around by trains, and it’s equally dangerous to twerk and/or take selfies on the tracks. Late last year, two girls put their lives at risk when they twerked along the NYC tracks, and though no one was harmed, the goofy idea could have ended in carnage.