Friday used to be Freebie day where I would highlight a free, open source, or donationware app that I like. Unfortunately, in the day of app subscriptions, and the need for developers to make a living, free apps are hard to come by.
So, I decided I would make Friday my Forbes Friday when headlines are pure link bait and the article makes no reasonable or logical argument at all, and facts don’t matter. Just like Forbes. If you want an example of what Forbes’ Ewan Spence and Gordon Kelly do for a living, check out Wil’s missive on Mac360. You’ll get the idea.
Alright, here we go with a great headline: “How Apple Gets Blamed For Selfie Deaths.” Why? How?
Well, easy. Selfies are dangerous. iPhones and other smartphones have built-in selfie, front-facing cameras, and those have become hazardous to human health. Says who? Medical folks in the good old U.S. of A. government:
From October 2011 to November 2017, there have been 259 deaths while clicking selfies in 137 incidents. The mean age was 22.94 years. About 72.5% of the total deaths occurred in males and 27.5% in females.
Following in the footsteps of Forbes’ and their cadre of anti-Apple writers, blame for the selfie death trend clearly falls on Apple. How so? Apple’s iPhone started the smartphone revolution. Apple has a significant market share among the well to do. People with money travel extensively. They take pictures with their smartphones. That’s risky behavior.
Ipso facto and alakazam. Apple is to blame for selfie deaths.
Drowning, transport, and fall form the topmost reasons for deaths caused by selfies. We also classified reasons for deaths due to selfie as risky behavior or non-risky behavior. Risky behavior caused more deaths and incidents due to selfies than non-risky behavior.
How can such selfie deaths be stopped?
First, Apple should remove the selfie camera from future iPhones, and inhibit future versions of iOS from using the front-facing selfie camera. Lives will be saved, folks.
Second, Apple should automatically turn off cameras whenever GPS detects that an iPhone has entered a No Selfie Zone. Just to be safe.
“No selfie zones” areas should be declared across tourist areas especially places such as water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths.
Just as Apple’s much criticized Notch in the original iPhone X and in new iPhone models met with much criticism– and yet Android smartphone manufacturers copied– we can be sure they will copy Apple’s anti-selfie moves, and selfie cameras will become a footnote in history. You know; like beer drinking games for the affluent.
See? Ludicrous, right?
Yet, there are some interesting trends.
Most of the selfie-related deaths because of firearms occurred in the United States.
Just like writers for Forbes, I won’t be intimidated by facts– such as Apple not selling many iPhones in India, yet India accounts for nearly two-thirds of all selfie deaths. Nobody believes facts or witnesses anymore, amirite Congress?