Selfie Scourge – Selfie Accidents Claimed 259 Lives In Six Years

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Experts are again calling for tourist attractions to designate 'no-selfie zones' to halt the rise of accidental deaths at natural beauty spots.

The obsession with capturing Instagram-worthy pics has resulted in an astounding 259 documented deaths from OCT 2011 to NOV 2017, according to a new study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

Lead researcher Agam Bansal, of the India Institute of Medical Sciences, said the average age of those who died was just 23.

Drowning, transport, and falls from heights were the main cause of the deaths, the study says. It also found 11 deaths resulted from the use of firearms – not surprisingly mostly in the U.S.

"The most common drowning incidents include being washed away by waves on a beach, capsizing of boats while rowing, clicking selfies on shore while not knowing how to swim, or ignoring warnings," Bansal said.

"Similarly, for transport, it is mainly accidents due to clicking in front of a running train. Among all the reasons for death, drowning and fire have the highest deaths/incident ratio."

The study urges tourist destinations to set aside 'no-selfie zones' at dangerous locations to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths.'

In 2015, a whopping 24 billion selfies were uploaded to Google and about one million selfies are clicked on each day by people aged between 18 and 24.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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