Selfie Deaths Now A Worldwide 'Public Health Problem'
There are now so many selfie-related deaths around the world, safety concepts like the ‘selfie seat’ is now being considered.
A recent study found that between October 2011 and November 2017, 259 people died from selfie-related deaths worldwide.
“The youth and tourists are frequently affected,” the All India Institute of Medical Sciences study said, “because of the desire of ‘being cool,’ posting photos on social [media] and getting rewards in forms of likes and comments."
Of these deaths, researchers found the leading cause was drowning, followed by incidents involving vehicles or transport – such as taking a selfie in front of an oncoming train. The other being falling from heights.
Other causes of selfie-related death include animals, firearms and electrocution.
"The selfie deaths have become a major public health problem," Agam Bansal, the study's lead author, told The Washington Post.
While the simple act of taking one isn't deadly, the hazard crops up when people take risks while trying to get that perfect shot.
Last month, a tourist fell to his death while reportedly trying to take a selfie at Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher.
This, and a string of similar incidents, has prompted Ireland’s Department of Health to request ‘selfie seats’ at popular tourist lookout locations such as Old Head of Kinsale and Mizen Head.
The seats basically serve as a steady place for people to sit and safely take as many selfies as they like.