A study looked at the number of people who have lost their lives capturing a selfie since 2008.
Be careful, selfies kill. This is the finding of a Spanish epidemiological study published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, who investigated whether the practice of the selfie could be dangerous.
In total, the study identifies no less than 379 dead in the world by taking a selfie since 2008, a date corresponding more or less to the advent of the smartphone and therefore, of this photographic practice. This study focuses only on deaths that have been relayed by the press or via press releases for 13 years in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian. It could therefore be higher still.
The study notes that the number of selfie-related accidents has increased year by year since 2008, with the exception of 2020 when the world has somewhat stopped spinning. However, for the past seven months, the number of selfie-related deaths has been on the rise again. Nearly 31 people have lost their lives taking a selfie since the start of the year, or one death every 13 days or so, note BFMTV.
It is above all the tourists who are affected. One in three victims was in fact on vacation at the time of death. As for the causes of death, most of them are related to accidental falls while taking a selfie. Of the 379 deaths, 216 deaths are linked to this. Then, we find accidents related to means of transport (123 deaths), drowning (66 deaths), firearms and electrocutions (24 deaths), and finally attacks of wild animals (17 deaths). The average age of the victims was 24.4 years.
Selfies have caused 100 deaths in India since 2008
The study even ranks countries by number of deaths. Thus, it is India that has suffered the most from selfies, with 100 deaths recorded since 2008. Then we find the United States with 39 deaths, and Russia with 33 victims. These are indeed the countries which concentrate the most tourist places likely to favor fatal falls in the event of inattention. The study cites in particular the Taj Mahal or the Doodhpathri Valley in India, Niagara Falls on the border between the United States and Canada, the Glen Canyon Dam in the United States, or the Ural Mountains. in Russia.