The Russian Guide to #Selfies Can Save Your Life

The Russian government is lending out a helping hand. They have published an official guide on how to take a selfie without endangering your life or others. As you can see by these helpful photos, some don’ts include taking a selfie while hanging off a roof, in front of a dangerous animal, or on train tracks.

While these guidelines are comical, the sad truth is that they are slightly called for. The website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that the pamphlet was made in response to an increasing amount of deaths and injuries that have occurred by people trying to take unique selfies.

“When a person is trying to take a picture of themselves, they become distracted, lose their balance, don’t look around and forget that they’re in danger,” the website reads. They do have a point, but then again, isn’t that why they invented the selfie-stick?

Last summer, a Polish couple fell to their death off the edge of a cliff while on a dream holiday in Portugal due to an attempt to take the perfect selfie. In April 2014, a Russian teen was electrocuted and also fell to her death while attempting a cool selfie shot on top of a railway bridge. In April 2014, an American woman crashed her car just seconds after she posted a selfie onto Facebook with the caption “The happy song makes me so HAPPY.”And those are only a few examples out of dozens of tragic, avoidable incidents. (Marie Claire)

As the Russians say, “It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.”

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