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Selfies gone wrong: What you need to know

Selfie Dangers
Selfie Danger
Men and Selfies
Posted at 12:00 PM, Aug 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-06 08:36:50-04

Some take selfies for the adrenaline rush. Others, are simply trying to show a place or activity; yet, find themselves in harm's way.

So, how far are you willing to go to take the perfect picture?

The selfie sensation is a global one and the dangers are just as far-reaching. In fact, there have been 10 selfie deaths and 100 accidents this year in Russia.

A problem so big, a brochure is being handed out showing the most dangerous selfie poses.

But, how much of a problem is this here in the United States.

Shelby Colebank is like most  teenagers. She takes selfies, lots of them.

"If me and my friends look cute and do our makeup. Of course, we're going to take pictures and post it on Instagram," said Colebank.

There's a strategy to get the perfect selfie. Colebank says you have to good lighting, a nice backdrop, and the right filters.

But, how much concern is there about safety?

Stan Long has two decades of experience in the mental health field. His main concern is to make sure the selfie generations doesn't hurt themselves in the process.

"People will go to the extremes to have their picture be the very best one and get the most likes," said Long.

Nowadays, taking selfies and posting online is similar to a popularity contest and it can become addictive.

Which in  turn, leads to more copycats and people acting more brazen.

Such as these pictures.

Next, don't take selfies near wildlife.  A Mississippi woman got a little too close to some wild bison while trying to take a selfie with the animals in the background.

When she turned her back, the bison started running toward her.  She was taken to the hospital and survived.

Third, don't take selfies near or in moving vehicles. 22-year-old Jared Frank thought it would be cool to take a picture next to train tracks.

To his surprise, a train came barreling by and he was kicked in the head by a conductor.

Long says this dangerous trend is cyclical and will soon die out. "If the picture you posted on social media got 2-million likes, now what do you do with that?"

He hopes people will realize a picture wasn't worth it after all.