Selfie deaths have become an emerging problem. A new study says the worldwide increase in mobile phone usage has led to an “exponential increase” in the number of selfie-related deaths — dubbed “selficides” — in recent years. Researchers found that a vast majority of deaths occurred due to the victims engaging in risky behavior while attempting to take the perfect snapshot.
From October 2011 to November 2017, there have been 259 deaths while clicking selfies in 137 incidents. The mean age was 22.94 years. About 72.5% of the total deaths occurred in males and 27.5% in females. The highest number of incidents and selfie-deaths has been reported in India followed by Russia, United States, and Pakistan. Drowning, transport, and fall form the topmost reasons for deaths caused by selfies. We also classified reasons for deaths due to selfie as risky behavior or non-risky behavior. Risky behavior caused more deaths and incidents due to selfies than non-risky behavior. The number of deaths in females is less due to risky behavior than non-risky behavior while it is approximately three times in males.
The study titled, “Selfies: A boon or bane?” was published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, and led by Dr. Agam Bansal from the India Institute of Medical Sciences.
The greatest cause of selfie death was drowning, which is how 70 victims perished. Deaths related to transport — like running in front of a moving train while trying to snap a photo — were linked to 51 cases. Falls and fire-related deaths were tied at 48 each.