Almost 260 people have died taking selfies since 2011, study says

Almost 260 people have died taking selfies since 2011, study says

Almost 260 people have died taking selfies since 2011, study says

"It is therefore important to assess the true burden, causes, and reasons for selfie deaths so that appropriate interventions can be made".

More than 85 percent of the selfie deaths were people between 10 and 30 years old. According to the authors, selfies "have become an emerging problem, and we performed this study to assess the epidemiology of selfie-related deaths across the globe".

Though the study found India to have the highest number of deaths of all countries, numerous reports of fatal selfie incidents have also come from Russian Federation, the United States and Pakistan.

Even though more women take selfies overall, more men died in selfie-related incidents. Drowning, transportation accidents and falling were among the top causes of death for selfie-seekers.

Most importantly, researchers differentiated selfie-related deaths from deaths due to using your smartphone.

While the number of deaths reported in the study may seem high, Dr Bansal said there could be many more cases that just haven't been documented due to issues with reporting.

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India-based researchers found that 259 people worldwide died from accidents that occurred while trying to take a cool selfie in 137 incidents from October 2011 to November 2017.

There were only three reports of selfie-related deaths in 2011, but that number grew to 98 in 2016 and 93 in 2017.

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

The U.S., unsurprisingly, came first in number of deaths involving a firearm - people who shot themselves while posing with a gun. Where transport is concerned many accidents took place when people snapped photos in front of moving trains. They recommended declaring "No Selfie Zone" because "selfies take a toll on a large number of adolescents" and noted that some countries already post signs warning against selfies in risky areas. "Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky places where selfies should not be taken", the study said.

The study concluded that more tourist areas should have "no selfie zones", particularly for tall buildings, bodies of water, and mountain peaks.

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