Friday December 09, 2016

Social Media Is Killing Extreme Athletes

Before we even get started, we should clear something up. Social media isn't killing extreme athletes. Doing dangerous crap for "likes" on the internet is killing extreme athletes.

Unfortunately, some adventure sports have also gotten much deadlier. Between 1981 and 2004, the year before YouTube launched, there were 84 BASE jumping fatalities, according to the list maintained by the BASE jumping publication BLiNC magazine. In the 12 years since, there have been 226. That's an increase from about 3.7 fatalities a year to 18.3.