A staggering 259 people have died trying to get the perfect selfie , it has been revealed. A global study looked at deaths between 2011 and 2017 and the number one cause was drowning.
Agam Bansal, Chandan Garg Abhijith Pakhare, and Samiksha Gupta from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences looked at news reports from across the world to discover the extent of the problem.
According to the report 55 per cent of millennials have posted a selfie to social media. Google says 24 billion of them were posted to its photo service in 2015.
Men are most likely to die in these incidents with 72.5 per cent of fatalities. The majority were also people between the ages of 20 and 29.
The most deaths from high-risk selfies were in India. Russia, the US and Pakistan followed close behind.
While most of the recorded deaths were from drowning, accidents involving transportation and falling were also significant.
The US led the way, perhaps somewhat predictably, in gun-relates selfie deaths.
Electrocution also figures highly in the stats, with 16 people being killed from an electric shock.
In one example from 2015 a Romanian woman, Anna Ursu, died after climbing on to the roof of a train to get a "special selfie".
The electrical field from the overhead wires sent 27,000 volts through her body. Ursu died later after being airlifted to hospital.
Social media and YouTube is littered with examples of people snapping or videoing themselves doing ridiculous things. The reasons are likely be diverse, from people seeking an adrenaline rush to those who are looking for likes.
On YouTube videos of people climbing tall structures can accumulate millions of views and ad revenue to go along with it. Good selfies on social media can go viral, giving users a bigger following.
The report concludes that "no selfie zones" should be considered as a way to prevent deaths. However it’s not clear what sort of impact this would have on people determined to get the perfect snap.
Some locations have also experimented with the idea of providing safe selfie areas to help people get a good shot without endangering themselves, or others.
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