Why are selfies dangerous?

study: Selfies more dangerous than sharks

Rio de Janeiro. Selfies can be fatal: Five times as many people have died taking self-portraits in recent years than from attacks by sharks, according to the Indian journal "Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care" in the study "Selfies: A Boon or Bane? " researched.

Accordingly, between October 2011 and November 2017, at least 259 people worldwide died while taking selfies. 50 people were killed by sharks during the same period.

On average, women take more selfies than men. But three quarters of the fatalities were men. They drowned, fell or were involved in accidents. At the top of the statistics is India: 159 people died there trying to photograph themselves. That's more than half of the world's deaths.

The full study can be found here: "Selfies: A Boon or Bane?" - Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

Captured by the train

The vast majority of the 1.3 billion Indians are young and group photos are very popular. Several teenagers died in India when they were caught by the train while taking a group selfie or their boat sank just as they pressed the shutter button. The authorities sounded the alarm and set up zones where selfies are forbidden - 16 in Mumbai alone, the largest city in the country.

With 16 deaths, Russia ranks second in the statistics of deaths by a wide margin. Smartphone in hand, people fell from bridges and skyscrapers or accidentally shot themselves. In one case, an attempt to take a selfie with landmine was fatal. In order to avoid further accidents, the police published a guidebook in 2015 with the title "Selfies without danger".

Posing with guns

In the United States, 14 people died while taking a selfie - most of them shot themselves while posing with guns in front of the cell phone camera. Several people died in the Grand Canyon.

In Croatia, rescue workers warned tourists via Twitter to take "stupid and dangerous selfies" after a Canadian vacationer fell from a height of 75 meters in the Plitvice Lakes National Park - and miraculously survived.

In January, Gigi Wu, a Taiwanese woman known as a "bikini mountaineer", was killed falling into a ravine. The 36-year-old caused a sensation on the Internet with her selfies, on which she posed in a bikini on mountain peaks.

Four years ago, an eleven-year-old was seriously injured in Schwäbisch Hall because she apparently wanted to take a spectacular photo of herself. The girl jumped from a bridge from a height of almost four meters and landed on stony ground.


In Bremen, a 14-year-old was critically injured when he shot selfies on a catenary mast in 2017. He was electrocuted and had to undergo multiple operations.

In Hong Kong, too, signs on the so-called monster house in the Quarry Bay district prohibit selfies. Not because someone would have died taking photos there, but because the residents of the narrow, colorful skyscraper were simply fed up with the hordes of selfie tourists.

The neighbors of the picturesque Rue Cremieux in Paris also defend themselves against the masses of snapshots. Not with prohibition signs, but by adding hateful comments to the photos with the most absurd selfie poses and posting them on Instagram. (apa / afp)