Careful Where You Snap, 259 People Have Died Taking Selfies In The Past 7 Years

We might end up with 'selfie-free zones' in popular locations.

You might want to think twice the next time you’re stood on the edge of a cliff thinking about taking a selfie.

A new study has revealed 259 people died worldwide between 2011 and 2017 all while taking selfies.

To come up with the number, the India Institute of Medical Sciences analysed news reports from across the world.

The three leading causes of death by selfie were drowning, followed by incidents involving transport - so standing in front of a moving train (yes, really) - and in third place was falling from an advanced height.


Other causes of death were from animals, electrocution, fire and firearms.

Last year a man was crushed to death by an elephant after posing with the animal for a selfie in India.

The study found India had the highest number of selfie deaths, with Russia, the United States and Pakistan also having a high number.

They also found that the average age of victims of selfie-related deaths was 22-years-old while 50 per cent were 20 to 29 years old and 36 per cent were 10 to 19 years old. The research also found that 72.5 per cent of the victims were male, while 27.5 per cent were females.

24 billion selfies were uploaded to Google photos in 2015, and about a million are uploaded everyday by 18 to 24-year-olds.

India, Russia and Indonesia have all launched campaigns to dissuade people from taking dangerous selfies.

Three years ago, Russia launched a “Safe Selfie” campaign, with the slogan, “Even a million ‘likes’ on social media are not worth your life and well-being.”

Author of the study, Agam Bansal, said: “Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behaviour that accompanies selfies is dangerous.

“Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviours and risky places where selfies should not be taken.”

The study recommends introducing selfie-free zones at popular but potentially dangerous locations.

Ultimately what we’ve learnt from these findings is that if you don’t want to earn yourself a Darwin Award you should probably just make sure you’re employing some common sense.

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