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Psychology behind risking a life for a smartphone Published: July 9, 2014

Early last month, two people died in Xinxiang City, China, after a woman dropped her cellphone into an open pit toilet. The woman’s husband rushed down into the toilet to retrieve it but quickly lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen, as reported by South China Morning Post. The man’s mother, his wife, and several neighbors dropped down to try to aid in his rescue, but they too passed out. A total of six people were pulled from the pit, and the husband and his mother died from the effects of suffocation shortly after, according to Yahoo Tech.

This type of reckless abandon in favor of one’s cellphone is unfortunately no rare happening. Now seems like a good time to remind everyone: It’s not worth it.

Deaths caused by ill-fated attempts to rescue a phone have been popping up all over the news lately. In Chicago this January, two people died when similar circumstances saw a man break through the frozen top of the Chicago River in an attempt to retrieve his phone. Two friends, a young man and a woman, went in to save him, according to ABC 7 in Chicago, but only the male rescuer survived the tragedy.

H/T: Yahoo
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