One of the biggest problems that we have experienced due to the advances in technology and the omnipresence of social media is the danger of distraction. It’s as if we cannot handle a single moment by ourselves and must be connected at all times. If it’s not a text, it’s a Facebook notification. If it’s not a tweet, then it’s a selfie and the list goes on and on and on and on.
This has led to increased self importance from the younger generation, who cannot seem to resist the urge to broadcast their every thought and feeling for the world to see. This causes severe cases of self obsession and causes people to miss out on the things that are really and truly important in life.
The woman in this clip is just 32 years old, hails from North Carolina and is an example of the aforementioned self obsession phenomenon. When she decided that taking a new selfie and updating her Facebook were the most important things in this particular moment, she forgot the most important things of all: her life and her safety.
Courtney Sanford was from High Point, North Carolina and her self obsession proved to be fatal. Unfortunately, Courtney’s lack of thought before worrying about her Facebook updates ended up costing her the rest of her life. She was tragically cut down in her prime because she could not put down her phone for a second and engage with the world around her.
The cruel irony is that Sanford’s accident was caused by the fact that she was compelled to post a selfie that she took while driving, in addition a Pharrell Williams reference from his smash hit “Happy”. This young woman lost her life because she felt compelled to let her social media buddies know how happy she was and decided that this could not wait until she was safely off the road.
She posted her status update for her friends to read at precisely 8:33 a.m.. The 911 call? Happened exactly one minute later. As she was posting to Facebook, she lost control of her vehicle, careening off the road and into a ditch. She collided with a recycling truck during the process and her car burst into flames once it was off of the road.
Sanford perished immediately, drugs and alcohol were not determined to be a factor, and she was driving at a safe speed of 45 miles per hour. Police spokesmen lamented the fact that a life was lost over circumstances that could have easily been avoided.
We all struggle to stay off our electronic devices when we are driving, so please share this video with your friends, as a tragic reminder of what can happen when you are not careful.