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posted on 21 May 2017

Don't Take That Selfie Too Close To The Edge

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Felix Richter

The rise of smartphones and social media has paved the way for selfies to become a popular pastime for young people around the world.


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Sometimes people hunting for the perfect self-portrait get carried away though and put themselves and sometimes others in harm’s way. Tragic as it is, researchers from the United States and India [PDF] have found that taking selfies in dangerous situations cost at least 127 lives since March 2014.

The researchers scoured the web for news articles reporting selfie-related deaths in an effort to raise awareness and help prevent further injuries or deaths as a consequence of reckless selfie-taking. Ridiculous as it may sound, there are many ways to harm yourself while taking a selfie. The cases found by the researchers include several people falling from great heights, drowning or accidently shooting themselves while taking a selfie with a gun.

Photographers appear to be particularly careless in India where the researchers found the most reports of selfie-related accidents by far.

This chart shows where the most selfie-related deaths have occured since 2014.

Infographic: Don't Take That Selfie Too Close to the Edge | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista.

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