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India tops ranking for selfie deaths

Updated Nov 19, 2016 10:46am

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NEW DELHI: Next time you’re at the Taj Mahal, find yourself standing on a precarious cliff or see an approaching train, you should just enjoy the mom­ent rather than trying to capture the perfect selfie.

These are just three of the ways that 76 selfie-takers in India have lost their lives, according to a study published by US-based Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi.

In the quest for the coolest selfie, more people have died in India in the past two years than the total number of selfie-related deaths in the rest of the world, according to the study titled “Me, myself and my killfie: Characterising and preventing selfie deaths”.

Using special search techniques to trawl the internet and social media, the researchers identified 127 confirmed selfie deaths since March 2014.

They blamed people’s desire for more “likes” and comments on social media for driving increasingly risky selfie-taking.


Pakistan takes second place


“(The) clicking of dangerous selfies (has proved) to be so disastrous that during the year 2015 alone, there have been more deaths caused due to selfies than shark attacks all over the world,” the researchers said in a blog post.

Three students in northern India died trying to take a daring selfie in front of an oncoming train, according to the study published last week.

Another student lost his life when the cliff he was standing on for a photo cracked, sending him plunging 18 metres into a ravine.

A selfie-taking Japanese tourist died after he slipped down the stairs at the Taj Mahal while seven people posing for a group selfie died when the boat they were in capsized.

Pakistan took second place in the global killer-selfie rankings with nine deaths, followed by the United States with eight and Russia on six.

India’s population of 1.25 billion is nearly four times the size of the US’s and over six times the size of Pakistan, but that fails to account for the huge discrepancy in the number of fatalities.

According to the study, China with its population of 1.37bn only had four selfie-related deaths.

Published in Dawn November 19th, 2016


Comments (7) Closed



Usman Nov 19, 2016 11:28am

Stupidity deaths

TJ Nov 19, 2016 11:32am

Record setting in what a nice place!

Philosopher (from Japan) Nov 19, 2016 11:51am

I can blame fb and other social media that trigger people to get more likes and unfortunately they don't have unlike button.

deva Nov 19, 2016 12:19pm

population is 127 crore.. so not strange

bk Nov 19, 2016 04:29pm

This shows that People are so addicted to social media especially instagram facebook and twitter. For some stupid likes and comments for their pics they will go to any extent.

Dr.Arshad Nov 19, 2016 04:49pm

@bk .........You are right.All kinds of addictions make life miserable.

M.Saeed Nov 19, 2016 06:12pm

Shows the rate of stupidity in direct proportion to the selfie-deaths.