As a society we are addicted to technology, specifically our cellphones and other communication devices. It is becoming a major social problem. Not just because we are beginning to ignore the world around us in exchange for the world we have online, but because people are being ridiculously stupid when it comes to their cellphones, risking life and limb in order to retrieve their devices.
It doesn't always end well, and these eight instances show just how willing people are to sacrifice their lives to retrieve their lost phones.
1. The Icy River
In 2014, a 26-year-old man from Minnesota dropped his phone into the icy Chicago River. He attempted to get it back by holding onto the railing while reaching to get it and he ended up falling in. His girlfriend and friends jumped into save him, which made everything a lot worse. The man died in hospital, his girlfriend's body was never found, and the rest of his friends were all rushed to hospital in critical condition.
2. The Burning House
There are very few things that you should consider running into a burning building to retrieve, and your cellphone is not one of them. After Wendy Rybolt and her family escaped from their burning house, she realized that she had left her phone inside and ran back into get it. She didn't make it back out.
3. Suffocated By Fecal Fumes
In 2014, a woman dropped her phone in an outhouse toilet, and the phone ended up landing in a pit of the most disgusting filth imaginable. Instead of cutting her losses, the woman's husband and her mother-in-law went in to get it. The fumes from the toilet pit killed both of them.
4. Don't ever jump onto the subway tracks.
2014 was a bad year for cellphone deaths. A man dropped his phone on the subway tracks in Brooklyn at 3am, and he decided it would be a good idea to jump down after it to grab it. The problem was an oncoming train was pulling into the station. The driver saw the man on the tracks but couldn't stop in time. He was crushed and died at the scene.
5. If you do jump down on the tracks, avoid the 3rd rail at all costs.
Another man dropped his phone on the subway tracks at the Christopher Street Station in New York City. He was able to jump down to get it because there was no oncoming trains. Unfortunately he ended up touching the 3rd rail which then electrocuted him to death.
6. Death by trash compactor.
In 2013, Roger Mirro from Illinois, accidentally dropped his phone down the trash chute in his apartment building when he was taking out the trash. When he went down to the "trash room" to get his phone he never came back. His wife finally reported him missing once he had been gone for over three hours. When cops got down to the trash room they found that Mirro had been crushed to death by the building's trash compactor.
7. Always look before walking into the middle of the street.
Greylin Jimenez of Davenport, Iowa died in March of 2015 when he stopped his delivery truck in the middle of the highway in order to get out and grab a phone he saw lying in the street. When he went into the road to get the phone he was stuck by four separate cars and died on the scene.
8. Stay out of restricted areas.
45-year-old teacher James Young from Ohio had just landed his dream job as a guidance counselor when he went to the Cedar Point Amusement Park to celebrate. He dropped his phone off of the Raptor roller coaster and went into a restricted section to try and retrieve it. He was stuck and killed as the coaster sped past him at speeds nearing 57 mph.
Share this with people you know are addicted to their phones, it might just save their lives.