Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Try not to die the next time you take a selfie

Try not to die the next time you take a selfie

Selfie-related deaths are on the rise, according to a new study that found there were over 250 reported deaths from October 2011 to November 2017 that happened while the person was trying to snap a selfie. The average age of the deceased was roughly 23 years old, and over 70 percent were males.

India had the highest number of deaths, followed by Russian Federation, the United States, and Pakistan. Drowning was found to be the most common cause.

"The selfie deaths have become a major public health problem", the study's lead author Agam Bansal told The Washington Post.

'But if that selfie is accompanied with risky behaviour then that's what makes the selfies unsafe'.

According to the study, significantly more men suffered selfie-related deaths than women.

One reason for India having so many selfie-related deaths is that the country is home to the largest population of people ages 30 years or younger.

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

"If you're just standing, simply taking it with a celebrity or something, that's not harmful", Mr Bansel said. Just within the past four months, there have been two reported selfie deaths where people have fallen from great heights trying to get the ideal picture.

Water-borne selfie deaths are especially deadly as they often involve multiple people.

In 2015, a report from Mashable claimed more people died from trying to take a selfie than from shark attacks. "Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky places where selfies should not be taken", the study said.

The modern obsession with capturing an Instagram-friendly shot in any situation, no matter how unsafe, has cost more than 250 lives in the past six years, a new study has revealed. Rangers in New York's Catskill Mountains enacted a number of safety measures near several waterfalls and cliff edges, and can ticket visitors for putting themselves in risky situations in the name of selfies. Just three deaths were reported in 2011, compared to 98 in 2016. They then attempted to cross-match those search links with links from their list of newspapers.

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