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Selfies to die for: A review of research on self-photography associated with injury/death in tourism and recreation

Weiler, B., Gstaettner, A.M. and Scherrer, P. (2021) Selfies to die for: A review of research on self-photography associated with injury/death in tourism and recreation. Tourism Management Perspectives, 37 . Art. 100778.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tmp.2020.100778
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Abstract

This paper reviews empirical research on the extent and nature of risks associated with dangerous tourist self-photography (selfies) and management responses. Global epidemiological studies have captured the extent of the problem, with studies recording 250+ media-reported deaths within the past decade. Nearly half occurred in natural environments, with key hazards being cliff edges, waterbodies, and wildlife.

Researchers exploring the nature of the phenomenon identify contextual factors along with technology-induced distractions, as risk factors in selfie-taking. Demographics also feature, with the majority of casualties being young males.

The literature points to management responses that relate to either the social or the risky nature of the phenomenon. The most prevalent are communication-related, ranging from education and awareness-raising to persuasive communication. Targeted communications that invoke social norms and innovative media are suggested for addressing the problem.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier Limited
Copyright: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60568
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