From rearranging the table for a blogger-worthy flat-lay photo to changing our shoes before an #OOTD shot, many of us are guilty of fabricating a seemingly perfect life via our Instagram feed.
But one social media influencer demonstrated her commitment to the ‘gram by risking her life.
Travel bloggers Raquel and Miguel, who go by the username @exploressaurus_ on social media, have come under fire after hanging out of a moving train in Sri Lanka to capture the perfect shot.
We are all on a long journey, with problems to solve, lessons to learn, but most of all, experiences to enjoy 🙌🚂 For where are you now 🏠 and where you will go ✈️, for “I’ve always known” 🙋♂ and “I told you so” 🙄, for “nothing is happening” 🤷♀ and “all has gone wrong” 😭 just go out there 🍃 and don’t wait too long ⌛… No matter what happens, make sure you always enjoy this wonderful ride called life ♥️ When was the last time you went on a trip and wher did you go? ✄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄┄ #travellingourplanet #wondeful_places #bestvacations #living_destinations #travelcouple #togetherforever #coupleshoot #srilanka #srilankatrip #wanderlove
A post shared by RAQUEL & MIGUEL (@explorerssaurus_) on Feb 19, 2019 at 10:08am PST
In the image, Miguel is seen kissing his girlfriend’s forehead while she leans out of the train as it chugs through a small and highly Instagrammable town called Ella.
Unsurprisingly, the snap sparked criticism online as followers warned against the dangerous message they could be sending to other social media users.
“Such an irresponsible picture! Shame to see people who will do anything for social media even risk their lives,” one wrote.
Another commented, “Wow… This will inspire more to do this. Dangerous, irresponsible and all in the name of vanity. Be a role model guys… it’s not rocket science.”
The couple later clarified that it was a slow-moving train, but that doesn’t lessen the risks involved.
“I’m 99% sure it’s not the slow-moving train that is the problem,” one Instagram user commented. “It’s the fact that there’s a giant ravine below. One slip of the hand or foot and the couple are both dead. All for a pretty picture… “
This isn’t the first time an influencer has been called out for risking their lives in the name of the platform.
You hold the strength of an elephant within yourself. This means it’s up to you to make good or bad decisions too… it’s up to you to decide weather you will be visiting an ethical place or not to see these beautiful creatures 🐘 all good things are wild and free ♥️ Have you ever seen an elephant before? If yes, where? In a sanctuary, orphanage, National park or zoo?
A post shared by RAQUEL & MIGUEL (@explorerssaurus_) on Feb 15, 2019 at 5:10am PST
She later deleted the image and apologized, writing: “I would never risk my life for a photo. Please, don’t do it yourself. Sorry for that!”
Last year, a study found that more than 259 people across the world died taking selfies between 2011 to 2018.
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