The craze of posting selfies is breaking all limit chains these days and a major factor behind this is web popularity proposed by social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The youth generally gets attracted to do crazy stuffs to gain overnight popularity and self-publicity.
For e.g. YouTube is flooded with videos showing people engaging in hyper-active sports like #WellOfDeath.
Sometimes guys are seen crossing railway tracks just before the train passes through that spot.
Often these stunts are influenced from their favourite Hollywood and Bollywood films where they admire their heroes doing the stunts and just want to imitate them. Young people believe that their heroes are their role models and they should learn from them, hence ‘if they can do something, we should also do it’, that is what the thought process is like.
That is the reason these days, movies come with disclaimer that ‘please do not imitate the dangerous stunts at home; they have been performed under expert supervision’, but so much of effort is also not being able to solve the situation.
David Nuno became the latest teenager to die in a freak accident trying to duplicate a stunt he saw on YouTube called the "good kids' high,” in 2012.
“Just like in the video, Nuno was standing before he lost consciousness. When he fell forward, he crashed onto an empty drinking glass and broke it with his collarbone, allowing the shard to slice through his interior and exterior jugular arteries,” reports Sydney Lupkin from California.
Today it is 2016 and the picture has not changed.
Last Friday, a 14-year old Punjabi boy shot himself accidentally from his father’s pistol while posing for a selfie.
The hunger for proving something extraordinary is eating away the youth day by day. Aggressive behaviour is overpowering the rational self.
Learning and achieving is a gradual process, however, these days, youth want to achieve success overnight, hence these selfie posting tricks come forth along with other cheap publicity stunts. However, stunts can be as dangerous as life-taking.
So how can the youth be inspired to channelize their energy and creativity in something productive?
- Awareness should be increased where consequential results of such dangerous stunts should be discussed.
- Youth counselling campaigns should be regulated in every school and college to understand their mental health issues and guide them in a proper direction.
- Children should be engaged in more productive activities which will employ brain work like puzzle solving, mathematics, simulation gaming etc., so that they can utilise more of intelligence in learning useful things.
- Parents should guide their children to read more books rather than watching cartoons; reading helps in wisdom development.
However, Government is also responsible for controlling the youth. Anybody found performing such dangerous stunts should be fined and penalized with law. You can stop notorious activities with money seize control.