Many Accident Related Selfies in the News
It’s very common to read news about accidents or deaths that happen when people are doing selfies. In January this year, an Indonesian tourist fell to his death from a cliff in Uluwatu, Bali when taking self photograph of himself. Unfortunately, that news and the story of a Singaporean tourist that fell to his death from a cliff in 2015 are the only English language news I can find. In local news, it seems I can find a lot more just in the year 2017, such as a video that shows how a group of people got trapped in the middle of a flooded river while taking selfies in March 2017, two college students drowned while taking selfies beside a river in February 2017, and a few foreign tourists who got hit by a rogue wave while taking selfies on top of a cliff. Read on to find out the danger of selfie.
Modern People Loves Selfie
It is not strange to see that modern people love to take selfies. Not only during their vacations, some people are even taking selfies while they are doing something very common, like shopping. According to Tourism Training Center founder Tedjo Iskandar, selfies have been an inseparable part of Indonesian tourists’ journey. Yet, isn’t it taken too far? It seems that while the person is concentrating on how to look good on camera, he forgets about his surrounding, unaware that danger lurks behind, above, or below. I have actually seen some pictures where the person taking it must have taken very dangerous risks to look cool on camera.
Governments Teaches Public About Danger of Selfie
The selfie phenomenon becomes so bad, several governments and regulatory bodies have now begun treating the selfie as a serious threat to public safety, leading them to launch public education campaigns reminiscent of those against smoking and binge drinking. In 2015, Russia launched a campaign to educate people about the danger of taking risky selfies with a slogan called “A cool selfie could cost you your life.” India is also involved in similar programs, marking places where it is dangerous to take selfies and showing places where it is safe to do so. While Indonesia has not launched such a program, it doesn’t take much thinking for tourists to be cautious while taking selfies.
Insurance Plans Before You Take That Risky Selfie
So for tourists everywhere, please take care of your surrounding while taking selfies. Do not lose your concentration while concentrating on the camera. Better yet, before you take a selfie in environment that can cause accidents, cover yourself with a travel insurance that covers adventure sports such as the Global Underwriters Diplomat International or Travel Protection Plan.