The first death-by-selfie statistics are out

The first death-by-selfie statistics are out

The first death-by-selfie statistics are out

Selfie deaths have become a health problem that has already claimed the lives of over 250 people in the past six years, according to a recent study.

A new study by medical researchers from New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences has identified hundreds of people who suffocated in bodies of water, were struck by vehicles, plummeted off high surfaces, suffered lethal burn injuries, or otherwise met tragic demises while snapping a selfie, according to the Washington Post.

Seventy-two percent of victims were male and most were under the age of 30.

Over half of the selfie deaths occurred in India, where Ars Technica reported 159 fatalities occurred.

The study says the problem is nearly certainly underreported.

India has created several "no selfie zones" in risky areas.

Most importantly, researchers differentiated selfie-related deaths from deaths due to using your smartphone. For example, it notes that when a person decides to pose for a selfie while driving and is then killed in a auto crash, it's most often reported as just a fatal traffic wreck.

Though the study found India to have the highest number of deaths of all countries, numerous reports of fatal selfie incidents have also come from Russian Federation, the United States and Pakistan.

A prior study published in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion in 2017 identified 75 deaths in 52 countries "while attempting selfie" over the period of 2014 to mid-2016.

Perhaps just as risky, or even more so, are selfies taken from elevated places. Rangers in New York's Catskill Mountains enacted a number of safety measures near several waterfalls and cliff edges, and can ticket visitors for putting themselves in risky situations in the name of selfies.

Police there say they've pinpointed locations around the city where they want to "restrain" people to prevent further casualties.

Stay safe out there, selfie folk.

The ministry also emphasized that "selfies with firearms can kill" apparently referring to the incident in which a 21-year old girl from Moscow shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a self-made photo.

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