The ubiquitous photo style may not be as harmless as it may seem.
Incredible and sometimes dangerous events can unfold during the moment of inattention when people turn a camera on themselves. There are also photographers who seek out extreme danger as a backdrop for their selfies.
Getting the perfect snapshot isn’t worth what some amateur photographers have risked — deliberately or otherwise. Several reports of deaths or serious injuries caused by selfie-taking have sprung up in recent years.
Scroll down to see rare selfies from around the world that capture some heart-pounding close calls and extreme dangers.
Warning: Do not attempt any of these shots.
Jared Michael was taking a selfie along a railway when a train zoomed past him at full speed -- and just inches away. The train's conductor kicked Michael in the head mid-selfie, presumably to get him out of harm's way.
Reporter Kelly Nash was in Fenway Park watching batting practice when she decided to capture the moment in a selfie. A ball flew past her head right as the camera recorded a photo.
A thrill-seeker known as 'Mustang Wanted' regularly posts photos and videos from atop buildings he climbs with no safety gear. The below selfie was taken in Dubai.
Mustang Wanted is an expert balancer, but his photos show an insane level of risk not worth attempting.
Mustang Wanted isn't alone -- other young Instagram users illegally climb bridges and buildings and take selfies of the acts as a hobby. Nikita Agapov is one of them.
Agapov lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, and regularly uploads photos of escapades on rooftops and construction sites.
Ferdinand Puentes had his GoPro video camera rolling when a small plane he was in crashed into the ocean. Deciding to leave the camera rolling, he flipped the device around, capturing this selfie with the sinking plane in the background.
Alex Lopatnyuk was gator hunting in Florida and brought along a GoPro for the first time. He decided to get a selfie of himself driving -- but wasn't paying attention to the road ahead. Lopatnyuk crashed into the a truck in front of him, shattering his windshield.
This man risked his life to get a selfie at a bull-running event held in France. An onlooker recorded a video showing the risky selfie-taker getting knocked down by a bull after turning his back to it.
According to Mashable, 'a person who claims to be the selfie-taker, Francois Hofer, commented that he was thankful for the footage. He said the video was better than just the selfie itself.' We were unable to track down the actual selfie taken by Hofer.