Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
I recently read this article about fatal accidents while taking selfies. A study documented 400 over a 13 year period, including 77 in the US. Most involved drownings or falls from high places. This quote from the study author stood out:
“The mean age of reported victims was 22 years old — and they were mostly female tourists. “I was surprised that when I drilled down in this way, young females were implicated the most,” Cornell noted.”
This researcher must have been the only person world wide surprised that young women were the most frequent victims. A few were mentioned in this account from the Daily Mail, and one said that “Sofia Cheung, an Instagram star, is shown above in her last Instagram post. She died in 2021 after losing her footing and slipping at a waterfall” and went on to note that she had 35,000 followers on Instagram. The picture is an earlier selfie of Ms Cheung.
This got me to thinking of the broader issue of social media “influencers”. I find this very difficult to understand. Who do they influence? Apparently young women. I’ve had social media accounts for some time; mostly to keep up with friends and family. I can’t think of anyone I follow who would fit in this category, but maybe I’m not paying attention.
There is such a weird desperate quality to all of it. Sofia Cheung died for attention. It makes me sad but I’m a little concerned about the fact that I don’t get it at all. I think you can draw a fairly direct connection between the need for social media and the raging anti-Semitic rallies which appear to be more protest theater than actual protest for Gen Z. We may be more lost than I already feared.Published in