“I’m one of these people that likes adrenaline and new things, like extreme sports. It makes me feel alive.”— Gisele Bundchen
Psychologists and Sociologists have identified that 25% of world population have Type T Behaviour, where T stands for Thrill-Seeking. Today more and more youth of urban population seek exploration and such exploration urge is based on three different traits according to sociologists. One such urban exploration stunts that have gained momentum in recent past is—‘Rooftopping’ or ‘Buildering’.
Rooftopping or Buildering is a practice of exploring or accessing rooftops without any safety measures to do dizzying skyline photography to seek the attention from public or government. The basic idea of carrying out such stunts arises with three types of needs.
- To seek stardom with greater reach on Internet and Social media
- To seek Political Activism
- Seeking new avenues and freedom of Urban Exploration
Readers should be also aware that ‘rooftopping’ is not an entirely new adventure emerged in current decade but existed since 1937 with a book called ‘The Night Climbers of Cambridge’ comprising of hundreds of photographs of youngsters doing adventure of climbing drainpipes, over fences and balancing on top of old skyscraper buildings.
This prelude was to introduce a 26-year-old lad Wu Yongning from China who was best known as first Rooftopper from China and gained stardom with 1 million online followers with more than 300 videos of Rooftopping stunts and about 217 live-streaming Rooftopping sessions shared live-streaming portal Volcano.
Wu Yongning is a sensational personality among the younger generation of pulling-off unbelievable rooftop stunts from the tallest skyscrapers of the world. But most shocking aspect is He succumbed to death on November 8th, 2017 while carrying out a similar stunt from top of a 62-story-tall Huayuan International Centre in a place called Changsha in China. The entire incidence is captured in a camera placed by him on another side of the building to capture the event. His body was found lying on top of terrace situated 45 feet down and was found by a housekeeping lady. The stunt was carried out as part of (£11,300/$15,000) rooftopping challenge.
Most surprising fact is the death of Wu Yongning was revealed on December 8th, 2017 that too when his girlfriend posted a message as “Today is December 8th. It makes me think of November 8th, the day you left us and left this world,” in social media. According to his uncle, Feng Shengliang, his nephew had planned to use the prize money to pay his mother’s medical bills and marry his girlfriend.
The most ironical fact is Wu Yongning used to value human life more than anything else and used to publicize “Not to replicate his stunts.” Unfortunately, this Thrill Seeking Behavioural lad has left this world giving us 300 odd videos depicting what a true adventure lover can achieve through willpower and hard work.
The most evident fact is that rooftoppers have been taking increasing physical and legal risks in recent years. Most youngsters seek instant stardom on the internet which is a serious concern to all of us who know how precious life is?
The following link has interesting write up on Instant Stardom Seeking Young lads
Here is the Video of Wu Yongning’s Final Stunt