Selfie Deaths Slowly Rise Around the World

People are dying for the perfect selfie. A new study – “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths” – found 127 people died in a 29-month span through September trying to get photos of themselves at dangerous or exotic locations. Researchers found the overwhelming majority of the deaths occurred in India, where 76 people died. In the United States, there were eight selfie-related deaths. The most common factor behind the so-called “selfie deaths” was a fall from an elevated location like buildings or mountains. Deaths involving both elevation and water were next, followed by fatalities involving trains, according to researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and two colleges in India.

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