Thursday Nov 17, 2016
More people died taking selfies in India than anywhere else in the world, a new study by Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi has revealed.
The study, ironically titled “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths", found that 127 selfie deaths were reported worldwide from March 2014 to September this year. Of these, "a whopping 76 deaths occurred in India alone”.
Pakistan had nine deaths, the United States followed with eight and Russia with six over the past two years.
From analysis of thousands of selfies posted on Twitter, researchers found that men were far more likely than women to take ‘dangerous’ selfies. 13 percent of selfies were taken in potentially dangerous circumstances. Majority of the victims were under the age of 24.
“Falling off a building or mountain” was cited as the most common cause of death worldwide (responsible for 29 deaths). The second most common was being hit by a train (responsible for 11 deaths).