Selfies are now a ‘major health problem’ as hundreds die taking pics

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In 2016, Mumbai declared 16 "no selfie zones" across the city following a slew of selfie-related deaths, the Guardian reported.

Some of the most common drowning incidents were caused by being washed away by waves on a beach, capsizing off a boat while rowing and clicking selfies on shore while not knowing how to swim. Even though studies have found that women take more selfies than men, men more likely to engage in risky behaviour to capture the flawless picture.

Tomer Frankfurter died in California's Yosemite National Park in September after falling 250 metres while trying to take a selfie. Drowning, transportation accidents and falling were among the top causes of death for selfie-seekers.


The study suggests selfie deaths are on the rise. We all heard about these disturbing stories where people die taking selfies.

A new study by medical researchers from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences has identified hundreds of people who suffocated in bodies of water, were struck by vehicles, plummeted off high surfaces, suffered lethal burn injuries, or otherwise met tragic demises while snapping a selfie, according to the Washington Post.

The United States reportedly lead the world in people who accidentally shot themselves while posing with guns.


'But if that selfie is accompanied with risky behaviour then that's what makes the selfies unsafe'. For example, it notes that when a person decides to pose for a selfie while driving and is then killed in a vehicle crash, it's most often reported as just a fatal traffic wreck. Just within the past four months, there have been two reported selfie deaths where people have fallen from great heights trying to get the flawless picture.

The research team gathered information regarding "selfie deaths" over this period by conducting online searches for news reports containing key words such as "selfie deaths", "selfie accidents" and "selfie mortality". 2017 saw a slight drop to 93 selfie-related deaths, but the number of deaths has been trending upwards for seven years. "Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky places where selfies should not be taken".


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