India Has the Most Selfie Deaths of Anywhere in the World
Nearly 60 percent of deaths that happen while taking selfies happen in India, according to a study from Carnegie Mellon University.
Of the 127 deaths around the world that happened while taking a selfie from March 2014 to September 2016, 76 happened in India. (The runner up was Pakistan, with nine deaths in the same period.) So far in 2017, there have already been two selfie-related deaths in the country.
Last year, the city of Mumbai designated 15 dangerous points in the city as “selfie-free zones,” mainly around the city’s waterfront. Police have posted signs warning visitors about the dangers of selfies and also have sent out additional officers to patrol the area. However two people have died while taking selfies at Mumbai’s waterfront since May.
Almost 90 percent of India’s selfie deaths happened near water. However around the world, the most deaths happened during selfies taken from precarious heights (25 percent), including cliffs, building ledges, and mountains.
The study also revealed that young men are the most likely to die via selfie. About 75 percent of those killed while taking a selfie were male and almost 70 percent of victims were less than 24 years old.
Countries around the world have issued warnings about dangerous selfies to their citizens. In 2015, Russian police launched a “safe selfie” campaign (complete with infographics), warning people that “a cool selfie can cost you your life.” Croatia tweeted that tourists need to “stop making stupid and dangerous selfies. Thank you.”