Capturing the perfect selfie can give mobile phone users joy and thrill, but going to any lengths to take a selfie can mean injury and death.
About 260 people globally have died while taking selfies, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. The research, conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, in New Delhi, scanned news reports on deaths due to selfies that occurred from October 2011 to November 2017.
The study found that the most deaths occurred in India, Russia, the U.S., and Pakistan. A vast majority of the victims were men (about 72 percent) and below the age of 30.
India leads with more than half the total – 159 reported selfie deaths. The high number is due to the sheer number of mobile users – the country has a huge population of people under 30, the world’s highest.
According to a CNN report, although women generally take more selfies than men, researchers found that men were more likely to be reckless – like standing at the edge of a cliff -- in capturing a dramatic shot.
44It justifies the higher number of deaths and incidents for men
According to a BBC report, Tomer Frankfurter died in California's Yosemite National Park in September after falling 250 metres while trying to take a selfie.
News reports like this were analyzed to compile the study.
Previous studies were based on Wikipedia pages and Twitter, which researchers say did not give precise results.
The new study also showed that selfie deaths are set to rise.