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Most selfie-deaths occur in India: Study

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, July 9, 2017 | 12:30 pm
Most selfie-deaths occur in India: Study

Nearly 90 percent of selfie-deaths in India occur near water. (Shutterstock/Supamon R)

A 2016 study by Carnegie Mellon University revealed that 76 of 127 selfie-related deaths recorded worldwide occurred in India.

In the same year, the city of Mumbai issued a new policy banning selfies in 16 zones. Following the ban, more warning signs were installed and the number of police officers patrolling the areas increased. Even so, two more people have reportedly died while taking selfies on the Mumbai seashore since May this year, according to Antara news agency.

Nearly 90 percent of selfie-deaths in India occur near water, while 25 percent of selfie-related deaths world wide occur during selfie sessions at dangerous heights, such as on the edge of cliffs, rooftops and mountains.

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The study also found that while women are known to take more selfies than men, men are more likely to take dangerous selfies with 75.5 percent of all selfie related fatalities being male. In addition, most selfie victims are people under the age of 24.

Throughout the world, various warnings about the dangers of taking selfies have been given to locals and tourists. In 2015, the Russian police started advocating 'safe selfie' practices, while the country's interior ministry directed the police to distribute brochures to students warning that, “A cool selfie could cost you your life.” Meanwhile, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service volunteer organization tweeted a message to tourists last year, telling them to “stop taking stupid and dangerous selfies.” (mas/kes)