By now, those who follow my tirades in this journal know my disdain for people’s constant usage of smartphones, their being glued to the screens while perusing Social Media timelines with the Internet-connected devices never leaving the palms of their hands, and not taking the time to smell the roses or look up at the real life around them.
When needing fodder for something to gripe about, smartphones offer a plethora of material. Some of the examples put forth in this week’s entry are worthy of the Darwin Awards. Others are tragic, and a couple can be listed as macabre. So let’s begin, shall we?
But first, let me take a selfie…,
A man was killed by a wounded bear when he tried to take a selfie alongside the beast. He had been driving some people home from a wedding in India when he stopped to relieve himself. After spotting the animal, he evidently decided this was something for him to post on his Social Media pages and attempted to take a selfie with the large critter.
The bear attacked the fellow instinctively and mauled him to death. Meanwhile, another person captured a video of the event on a smartphone, most likely thinking about posting it for likes and shares on her Facebook page. The following shows she was observing rule number one about how to film such events: always point the camera to the ground when the most dramatic parts ensue.
Warning, the video is disturbing nonetheless, and not for the faint of heart. View at your own risk.
However, here’s another example of rule number one for video-capturing, which is a lot less brutal:
A teenage girl was killed recently, seconds after removing her seat belt for taking a selfie. She was in a car with three friends on their way to a party. Just as she put on her best duck face, the vehicle crashed and rolled over. The others had kept their seat belts on and survived the accident.
Another selfie disaster occurred after a woman died in a head-on collision, seconds after uploading photos of her smiling face, and updating her status on Facebook to “Happy.” The post appeared at 8: 33 a.m. At 8:34, police responded to reports of the fatal crash. She had crossed the center median in the meantime and plowed into a recycling truck, during which her vehicle burst into flames, most likely killing her instantly.
Elsewhere in high-tech news, police in Largo, Florida, recently tried to use a dead man’s finger to open his phone. Detectives showed up at the funeral home where the man’s body was being prepared for viewing after he’d been shot by them. They asked the staff where his corpse was.
Attempting to unlock his smartphone by pressing the dead man’s hands and fingers onto the fingerprint sensor, the law officers wanted to check for evidence against him and his alleged drug dealings, most likely to justify their shooting him when unarmed at a gas station, claiming he tried to drive away during a search. They weren’t successful in gaining entry.
This wasn’t the first incidence of such unusual investigative behavior. In 2016, the FBI used the bloody finger belonging to Ohio State University killer Abdul Razak’s iPhone in hopes of finding information and evidence. They got the timing wrong, missing the window before the phone required a pass-code; and the agents ended up cracking the device with other means.
And lastly, this is just a reminder to look up from your smartphones once in a while:
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