Several months ago, I shared an infographic talking about our selfie obsession. It shared some of the following statistics:
- 74 percent of all images shared on Snapchat are selfies.
- 1,000 selfies are posted to Instagram every 10 seconds.
- There are 93 million selfies each day, which would represent 2,583,333 rolls of film.
- 19 out of 20 teens have taken selfies
I don’t think any of that is surprising to anyone who frequents social media. For whatever reason, I forgot this stat:
More people died from taking selfies in 2015 than from shark attacks.
Of course, I had to look it up. Here’s what USA Today reports about it: in 2015, 12 people died while attempting to take a selfie; 8 people died from a shark attack.
Here’s how some people died:
- a man fell down a staircase at the Taj Mahal’s Royal Gate
- a couple fell of a cliff trying to capture a picture
- a man shot himself while posing for a selfie
Another website tells us that 49 people have died from selfies since 2014. How crazy is that?
I started looking at this as I was preparing for our small groups this week. We are talking about how excited we are to share the good news with others. As followers of Jesus, we should be energized when it comes to sharing what we know about Him with others. We love to share selfies and social media posts with others. We get excited when our favorite team wins. We rave about the latest movie we watched. But do we (or better yet, do I) look for opportunities to share about news that is both really good and that really matters?
Good question for us to think about.