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Selfies: A risky sport

Studies say selfie addicts risk doing themselves mental and physical harm

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:31 PM
A man takes a "selfie" as he stands with a Ukrainian flag on a Soviet-style star re-touched with blue paint so it resembles the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine, atop the spire of a building in Moscow August 20, 2014. Russian police said on Wednesday they had charged four young people with vandalism after they climbed to the top of a Moscow skyscraper and briefly attached a Ukrainian flag to its spire PHOTO: REUTERS

I can count the number of selfies I've taken with the fingers of one hand. It's a risky sport, shooting yourself.

Earlier this month, a Mexican man actually shot himself while taking a selfie - Oscar Aguilar was posing with a gun for what he hoped would be his best self-portrait yet, according to news reports.

About two weeks ago, a Polish couple on holiday fell to their deaths while taking a selfie on the edge of a cliff in Portugal. Their fatal descent was witnessed by their children, aged five and six.

In June, the Daily Mail reported that an Italian teenager fell to an ugly death while taking a cliff-side selfie. Two months earlier, in April, a Russian teen shooting for a daredevil selfie on a railway bridge fell and electrocuted herself, according to British news site Mirror.

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