The new trend of ’selfie’ only appeared 10 years ago; however, nowadays, it takes five times more deaths than shark attacks. According to Indian research, more and more people die every year while taking pictures of themselves with their smartphones.
Within the framework of the study published in the scientific Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, professionals revealed that –
Between October 2011 and November 2017 – 259 people were killed worldwide because of making selfie, while shark attacks killed 50 people during the same period.
Even though women make more selfies, mainly men are hit by unfortunate accidents.
75% of the victims are men; youngsters who took an excessive risk that resulted in death – drowned, suffered a traffic accident, fell from somewhere, burned or shot down by a gun.
As the Hungarian news portal origo describes, most of the relating deaths – numerically 159 – occurred in India, where there are 800 million mobile phones. It is followed by Russia, the United States and Pakistan. In India ‘selfie-free zones’ are being created; in Mumbai 16 of them have been already established. Last year, in the South Asian country, 48 people got injured while making selfie before a burning bakery, while firefighters were unsuccessfully trying to deflect them.
In Russia, 16 deaths were registered in the same period, most of the victims fell from ultra-modern buildings, but some got killed during manoeuvring with mine or gun. In 2015, the Russian police issued a guide about the dangerous circumstances of selfies with the motto –
“A dangerous selfie can cost you your life.”
In the US, the majority of the 14 deaths were caused by weapons. The Grand Canyon National Park is considered to be a dangerous place – tourists fall off the cliffs while making selfies.
The Croatian Mountain Rescue team ask tourists on Twitter not to make selfies at dangerous places – after the case of a Canadian man who fell 75 meters off a cliff at Plitvice Lakes; fortunately, he managed to miraculously survive the accident.
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