With the recent advent of the selfie stick, it is confirmed that the selfie craze has taken over our social media-mad world. While many people find the fad annoying, selfies are overall relatively harmless, although some hardcore haters would argue otherwise.
That being said, selfies do encourage us to switch off from what is immediately going on around us, thus increasing the risk of public accidents such as slips, trips and falls.
There’s no denying that sometimes even the most avid of selfie takers can slip up. Social media is saturated with viral examples of selfies gone wrong, from people taking a blow to the head from unnoticed falling objects to slips and falls, even in areas familiar to them.
It has become apparent that selfies do encourage us to disconnect from the real world, even if just for a few seconds. It is these seconds, and that small lapse in awareness, that have the risk of causing public accidents.
What makes a good selfie?
The selfies that people sit up and take notice of are those captured in unbelievably breath-taking locations. From exotic rainforest snaps and mountain view moments to a quick click propping up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the war is on to post the most stunning selfie shot.
Dangerous selfie hotspots: Gozo Cliffs, Malta
The Gozo Cliffs in Malta are a location and a half for a selfie – a spot in the sun that will definitely impress your friends. The picturesque limestone cliffs are popular with adrenaline junkies who visit the site with the intention of jumping the 18-metre plunge into the turquoise waters below the cliffs.
A shot before you drop is essential, but falls at the Gozo Cliffs can go badly, with Gozo General Hospital reporting it has seen 20 cases of severe spinal injuries as a result of cliff jumping in one year alone. Avoid accidents on holiday by being careful while you visit.
Accidents in public places
Slips, trips and falls don’t just happen in when you are abroad – they can also happen at home, even in areas with which you are particularly familiar with. If you have suffered an injury due to a slip, trip, fall or any other public accident, for which you believe you are not at fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to recover the compensation you are entitled to. Call today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.