Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

India home to the highest number of selfie deaths

Celebrities including Ellen De Generes and Jennifer Lawrence pose for a selfie taken by Bradley Cooper at the 2014 Oscars India home to the highest number of selfie deaths
Melinda Barton | 04 October, 2018, 23:57

India accounted for more than half the total - 159 reported selfie deaths since 2011.

'If you're just standing, simply taking it with a celebrity or something, that's not harmful.

The massive use of cellphones and the "desire of 'being cool, ' posting photos on social media, and getting rewards in forms of likes and comments" are causing more selfie deaths, according to the researchers.

The deadliest place to take a selfie?

The research found there were 259 deaths out of 137 incidents.

The researchers want to be clear this could happen to anyone momentarily seduced by the possibility of snapping a good one.

In June this year, a British woman and her Australian partner reportedly fell to their deaths while taking a selfie on a wall at a beach in Portugal. In particular, the Interior Ministry released a special warning and a graphic poster called "Self Selfie" that reminded the public about the dangers of careless behavior and listed the sites where taking selfies was especially risky: roofs of tall buildings, trains and railroads and electric power mains.

Roughly two weeks later, a 32-year-old California woman met a similar fate while hiking at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in MI when she slipped and fell to her death after stopping at the edge of a 60m cliff to snap some selfies, the Detroit Free Press reported.

He added: 'Taking a toll on these many numbers just because you want a flawless selfie because you want a lot of likes, shares on Facebook, Twitter or other social media, I don't think this is worth compromising a life for such a thing'.

He said he was particularly concerned with how many young people died in selfie-related incidents.

Similarly, a man named Tomer Frankfurter died in California's Yosemite National Park in September after falling 250m while trying to take a selfie.

Dr Jain published his own study a year ago about selfie-related mortality in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

I don't take selfies. "It's not a natural disaster". Those deaths weren't included in the study, but highlight the risks of going for a potentially unsafe selfie.

Researchers want "no selfie zones" in place at popular tourist attractions especially at mountain peaks.

Other countries have taken similar steps to ensure safe selfie-taking - Russian Federation ran a public safety campaign in 2015 centered around safe picture-taking practices. Sometimes the 'gram just isn't worth it.