In times when social media and social networking websites dominate our real lives, people are obsessed with showing to the world that their life is the most happening of all. But sometimes, the price paid for those killer selfies of living the life is just that – their life. According to a recent study by scholars from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi, India has had the most number selfie-deaths to have been over the last two years, than any other country in the world.
“Over the past two years, we found that a total of 127 deaths have been reported to be caused due to selfies, of which a whopping 76 deaths occurred in India alone,” read the blog detailing the study titled ‘Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths’. Countries following India included Pakistan (9), USA (8) and Russia (6).
Reportedly, people have died while clicking dangerous selfies in front of a train, falling from a slippery rock, slipping from a mountain and at the sea shore during high tide. The study suggests that most of the people who died were below the age of 24.
While most deaths across the world were reported to have caused due to “falling off a building or mountain” (29), and being hit by a train which was responsible for nine deaths, in India, most deaths were water-related.
In the country, the issue was acknowledged by the government as Minister of Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma asked state governments to mark ‘Selfie Danger Zones’ and carry out awareness drives. In fact, Mumbai police has classified 16 areas across the city as no-selfie zones.