Risky selfies killed 259 people in 6 years, report says


According to Mashable, drowning (70 deaths) and falling (48 deaths) were the top contributors to the selfie mortality rate. Most of the victims were men (about 72%) and under the age of 30.

The idea of "no-selfie zones" has emerged in an effort to decrease the amount of selfie-related deaths. Risky behaviour caused more deaths and incidents due to selfies than non-risky behaviour. Selfie death count for India: 159 which is more than half of the rest of the world combined. It was also noted that even though women take more selfies than men, men tend to take many risks like standing at a cliff or during some adventurous stunt.

While these may have been peculiarities of the Russian macho psyche to constantly prove your bravery (or idiocy, if you ask the parents), and the Russian authorities have been warning about such stunts for a while now, the trend still quickly caught on, leading to more and more risky undertakings. Drowning was the most common cause of death, such as when someone got washed away by waves on a beach or when a boat capsized while the person tried to take a selfie.

According to BBC, selfie deaths are on the rise.

Researchers writing in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found at least 259 people died in 137 selfie-related incidents across the globe over the six-year period.

In May, an Indian man was killed while trying to take a selfie next to a wounded bear.

Two young men cling to a commuter train in Russia's Leningrad Region
Two young men cling to a commuter train in Russia's Leningrad Region

Nowhere is that trend more pronounced than in doing risky stunts just to take that selfie or footage to post on your social media or video account for the proverbial 15 minutes of fame.

The second-leading cause is listed as "transport" - people killed, for example, while trying to snap a quick pic in front of a moving train.

"It is believed that selfie deaths are underreported and the true problem needs to be addressed", the study said.

The study called for more no selfie zones to be established in many tourist areas, especially places such as water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings.

Other countries have taken similar steps to ensure safe selfie-taking - Russian Federation ran a public safety campaign in 2015 centered around safe picture-taking practices.

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