If it seems like we’re hearing a lot more stories about people dying while trying to snap “the perfect selfie,” that’s because it’s happening all the time. According to new research, 259 people died between 2011 and 2017 all over the world while trying to take a photo of themselves. And now scientists are calling for “no selfie zones” to cut down on the number of “selficides” happening.
The new study reveals that the most common way people die while taking a selfie is by drowning, being hit by traffic or falling. And it happens way more often to men than women, nearly three-quarters of the victims have been male. The research also shows that eight people were killed by animals while taking selfies and an additional 16 were electrocuted. India is the country where most of the “selficides” are happening, followed closely by Russia, the U.S., and Pakistan.
Lead researcher Dr. Agam Bansal at the India Institute of Medical Sciences points out that selfies themselves aren’t harmful, but the human behavior that comes with them is dangerous. He explains, “Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviors and risky places where selfies should not be taken.”
Scientists want “no selfie zones” to be placed in tourist areas that could be dangerous, like near bodies of water, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings to decrease the number of selfie-related deaths. And not being willing to risk your life to take a picture of yourself would probably help, too.