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Daredevils fueled by competition for acclaim on YouTube and Instagram, warn academics

This article titled “Urban explorers risking lives and arrest for social media glory, say experts” was written by David Batty, for The Guardian on Friday 18th March 2016 14.01 UTC

A rising number of daredevil stunts such as scaling skyscrapers and parachuting from tall structures is being fuelled by competition for online acclaim, according to “urban explorers”, who warn more people are dying as a result.

The immense popularity of online videos of people climbing the world’s tallest buildings, including the London Shard, had turned urban exploration, which traditionally involves surreptitiously exploring the off-limits corners of towns and cities, into an extreme sport, said academics from Southampton and Greenwich universities.

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