The Russian government has launched a guide to taking selfies, or more specifically, when NOT to take selfies.
The press conference transcript is here if you want to read/Google translate it in it’s full entirety (clue, it’s in Russian).
A particular stand out line from the press conference offers a stark warning: “We want to remind citizens that the pursuit of “likes” in social networks can lead to the road of death.”. It’s particularly pertinent given that there have been a number of injuries and deaths resulting from attempted selfies.
Obvious snarky controlling government jibes aside, there is a serious point here: don’t take risks trying to prove how *cool* you are.
We all use social media to a greater or lesser extent to, as one former client put it, ‘microboast’: look at this great view I have; look at this amazing restaurant i’m in; check the wonderful experience i’m having etc.
And that’s fine, it’s what people do. it’s how rationalise the different events we participate in or contribute to – it’s making me a better person.
There’s no point in risking your life for the perfect picture though, is there?