“In the age of social media, people do want to go to beautiful places that photograph well because it looks great on their social media profiles, whether on TikTok or Instagram.”
The research has emphasised the lack of prevention recommendations in both academic literature and media reports.
While some studies suggested measures like “no selfie zones”, barriers, and signage, there was limited attention given to behaviour change methodologies or direct safety messaging on social media platforms.
Mr Cornell said popular but also deadly photo spots such as Babinda Boulders, South of Cairns, have claimed the lives of people who ignored no-swimming signs.
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