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Hong Kong's Selfie Safety Guide

In 2015 alone, more people died from selfies than from shark attacks.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 March, 2016, 12:06pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:58pm

A report from data studio Priceonomics has revealed that globally, 49 deaths in the last year are due to people trying to take selfies in dangerous locations. In other words, more people died in 2015 from taking selfies than from shark attacks. Hong Kong has yet to witness a selfie-related fatality, but we want to help eliminate the problem before it becomes a phenomenon. 


Dashcams to catch accidents and outlandish viral videos: Fine. Selfies of yourself lipsyncing to Taylor Swift until you crash into a water buffalo: No.
Exception: You’re on a hoverboard and therefore deserve what’s coming to you.

If you become engulfed by flames, by the time you find the perfect Instagram filter, you will be dead.
Exception: You’re eating at one of those restaurants where they set stuff on fire.

You don’t want to make it about you, and there’s a good chance you’ll get hit in the head by a flying brick.
Exception: You are CY Leung, so the protest really is about you.

You’re on a junk trip, you’re eight beers deep, and you need to pose somewhere dangerous. Control the desire and crack that ninth can instead!
Exception: You’re flawlessly athletic.

You will get your ass kicked by the family.
Exception: You are the person in the coffin.

It’s just tacky and your partner will probably hate you.
Exception: You’re an exhibitionist couple who own a GoPro and a chest harness.

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