People falling from heights while trying to take the "perfect" selfie is unfortunately, not uncommon in our social media age. There have been numerous reports of people falling to their deaths over the years, all while trying to take selfies from precarious positions. The latest happened in Yosemite National Park where an Indian couple fell about 245m while trying to take a selfie.
What makes this story standout though, is what the female victim posted on her Instagram account recently.
"Is our life worth just one photo?"
It seems rather sad, maybe ironic, that she would then lose her life while trying to take a photo.
This reminds me of a recent post by @DallasNagata which touched on the pressures of creating for social media. The couple were undoubtedly intending to take this selfie to be posted on their social media accounts, so it begs the question - would the couple, and everyone else who died under similar circumstances, have taken the risks they did if social media didn't exist? Or perhaps more realistically, would they have taken the risks if they weren't subconsciously pressured into creating such content for their social media followers? Tourists take photos all the time, but perhaps the average tourist wouldn't take unnecessary risks like social media influencers would.
It's worrying that despite all the talk about mental health and the dangers of social media addiction, incidents like this still happen.