Between March 2014 and September 2016, 127 people died around the world while attempting to take selfies. Since the advent of social media, more and more people are choosing to put their lives in danger in order to get increasingly dangerous photos to share online. But, one Irish politician may have a plan to help protect people from themselves.
According to Lonely Planet, Jim Daly, the Minister for Mental Health and Older People, introduced a new proposal to install “selfie seats” at popular tourist destinations around Ireland. He submitted his proposal to the Irish National Tourism Development Authority, Failte Ireland.
Daly reportedly feels that if some type of seat or standing area were installed at different interest points it could help prevent tragic accidents. As Lonely Planet noted, he believes that it would be an “innovative marketing tool” as well, which could showcase places like the Cliffs of Moher, Old Head of Kinsale, Mizen Head, the Beacon in Baltimore, and Lough Hyne woods. It would also help guide people to an exact location for the perfect photo.
“Families and individuals love taking photographs of themselves in areas of natural beauty. But often it is almost impossible to find a steady location or to know where the best shot is,” Daly told The Southern Star. “Tourists, being time sensitive, like to know where to go and what to do. They also like clear shots rather than grainy images on their social media and Instagram.”
Beyond the seats, Daly also proposed coming up with hashtags people could use in their selfies as well. And really, this isn’t a completely altruistic venture to help keep visitors safe. It’s a marketing tool, too.
“When it comes to a picture painting a thousand words, the selfie is a very effective marketing tool and we need to harness its potential more,” he said. “This is a cost-free innovative proposal that will allow Ireland to present our best face to the world.”
Selfie seat or not, you don’t want to miss Ireland’s incredible scenic views.