Selfie deaths cause scientists to call for no-selfie zones in tourist hotspots
- According to a new study, 259 people died trying to take selfies between 2011 and 2019.
- The research from the India Institute of Medical Sciences found drowning, transport, and falls were the biggest killers.
- The amount of deaths has increased exponentially according to the analysis of news stories.
- According to the authors, "the youth" and "tourists" are most frequently affected.
- To combat the problem, they recommend "no-selfie zones" in tourist hotspots.
I think we can all remember a time when we took a selfie we probably shouldn't have. You might have drunkenly asked a celebrity for a picture at an inopportune moment, or you may even have put yourself in danger.
That's what happened to 259 people between 2011 and 2019, according to a new study, . They didn't just try and take pictures in perilous conditions — they died as a result.
Researchers from the India Institute of Medical Sciences analysed cases found in English language newspapers around the world. They found that in 2011, there were just three deaths from selfies. This rose to 50 in 2015, and 93 in 2019.
"Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behavior that accompanies selfies is dangerous," the authors wrote in their conclusion. "Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky places where selfies should not be taken."
They added that tourist areas with deep water, mountain peaks, or tall buildings should be declared "no-selfie zones" to protect people from unnecessarily putting their life in danger.
"Usually the youth and tourists are frequently affected because of the desire of 'being cool,' posting photos on social medical, and getting rewards in forms of likes and comments," they wrote.
Deep water was the biggest risk, as 70 people died from drowning. A close second was transport, such as running in front of a train, with 51 deaths, and 48 people died from falling. Other deaths were caused by electrocution, animals, and firearms.
For example, earlier this year in June, a couple fell to their deaths after apparently trying to take a selfie at the top of a 130-foot wall in Portugal. In 2019, a man apparently killed himself after trying to take a selfie with a gun.
According to the study, the first time Google got a request for "selfie deaths" was in January 2014, when a person in Lebanon was killed by a car bomb, moments after they posed for a selfie.
Ultimately, a photo is never going to be worth your life. The same could be said about taking videos of disasters. about surviving a plane crash: "If you survive with a video, it's cool.
Video: Photoshoot & selfie became cause of death
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