Researchers: More than 250 people have died while taking selfies since 2011

Thursday, October 4, 2018
Selfies can be deadly
Selfies can be deadly

Think twice before taking that next selfie. It could actually become deadly, if you're not careful.

A new report published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care says 259 people died while taking selfies in a 6-year period between 2011 and 2017.

Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences came out with the numbers. They found most deaths occurred in India, Russia, the U.S., and Pakistan. The average age was 22.94 years. Most of the victims, 72.5%, were males.

The leading cause was drowning, from people being hit by waves or falling out of boats while posing.

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The woman lost her footing while she was taking a selfie on the Forest Hill Bridge.

Other causes include getting hit by cars, falling from high places and getting attacked while posing with dangerous animals.

The study suggests "no selfie zones" areas should be declared across tourist areas especially places such as water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths.


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