Pakistan ranks 2nd in the list of most deaths resulted due to clicking selfies, according to a study conducted by the scholars of Carnegie Mellon University, USA and Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology.
The researchers labelled their study as Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths, which concluded that a total of 9 deaths occurred due to the selfie trend in Pakistan.
The trend to take exciting photographs and posting them on social media has been drastically increasing. To stand out and be unique, people are often seen doing ridiculous things.
Since March 2014, the researchers have identified 127 confirmed selfie deaths across the world.
The researchers said in a blog-post,
“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 also revealed that most of the deaths were of men, due to their daring nature when compared with women.
India Ranks First
India tops the chart for most selfie death with a massive number of 76 deaths, eight times more than any country. According to the study, three students died in northern India after posing for a selfie in front of an oncoming train. Furthermore, seven people died on a boat which title because they were clicking selfie.
Around 87 percent of deaths in India have been water-related, which is why Indian government has started a campaign to establish “no-selfie” zone on various tourist sites.
The researchers gathered that majority of the incidents were height-related, followed by water, train, weapons, vehicles, electricity and then animals.
“With the growing trend of dangerous selfies, it becomes important to spread awareness of the inherent hazards associated with people risking their lives simply for the sake of recognition on a virtual forum,” the study reads.
The researchers said that for a few number of “likes, comments and followers” on the social media is not worth losing your life over. Lastly, they added that this study was conducted primarily to spread awareness and help respective governments to take charge before the numbers continue to drastically increase.