For the ‘gram: BC Hydro report suggests social media glory responsible for outdoor risk increase

For the ‘gram: BC Hydro report suggests social media glory responsible for outdoor risk increase
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The report says men are twice more likely than women to

A new report suggests more and more people are taking outdoor risks for selfies and social media exposure.

A report by BC Hydro released Friday suggests there’s been a 200 per cent increase in trespassing incidents at BC Hydro dams, reservoirs and recreation sites to get the perfect shot for social media glory.

They say incidents included standing at the edge of a cliff (16%), knowingly disobeying signage or trespassing (12%) and taking a selfie from a dangerous height (9%).

“Dams and reservoirs are particularly dangerous places to take a risk for social media, as one of the most frequent causes of selfie-related deaths is drowning,” said the report.

The report referenced an example from last year where a swimmer was heading downstream towards the open spillway gates at the Comox dam. They say the spillway gates could have easily taken the swimmer under.

The actions happen with young people particularly with young men who are twice as likely to put themselves in danger than women, according to the report.

The report found only 15 per cent admit to taking selfies or videos in dangerous situations, however, social media channels suggest the number could be much higher, according to BC Hydro.

They say two per cent, or about 80,000 adults, admit to injuring themselves while trying to get the perfect shot including cuts, sprained ankles and knees, near-drownings and broken bones.

BC Hydro asks people to stay clear of generating facilities including dams and reservoirs, obey warning signs and stay on designated trails.

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