Selfies Are Killing Us!

October 1, 2018

Dreamstime

Sadly selfies have crossed over into the extreme world. A new report highlights the increase of people who have been killed while taking selfies in dangerous locations. Since 2011, an average of 43 people die per year taking their selfie to the danger zone. Men account for seven in 10 fatalities with those aged 20-29 making up half of the deaths. In total, the study documented some 259 selfie-linked deaths worldwide between October 2011 and November 2017 with drowning ranking at the top with 70 deaths, followed by being struck by a vehicle at 51 deaths and 48 people suffering a fall, were the most common causes of death. The highest number of deaths has been reported in India, followed by Russia, the USA, and Pakistan. The researchers conclude that selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behavior that accompanies selfies is dangerous. Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky places where selfies should not be taken. 'No selfie zones' should be declared across many areas, especially near water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings, to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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