Study: Selfies have killed 379 people worldwide since 2008

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According to a Spanish study, almost 400 people around the world have lost their lives since 2008 selfie Photo. The trend is upward. Exactly 379 people died posing on their cell phones for one selfie between 2008 and July 2021, as revealed by a Spanish study conducted by IO Foundation and was recorded in the French newspaper Le Figaro. These famous digital self-portraits that abound on social media do not seem safe and cause more and more fatal accidents.

The study reveals that «selficides» are increasing, recording already 31 cases since the beginning of 2021. The new generation is the most affected since the average age of the dead is 24 years. Of all the victims, 41% are young people under 19 years old.

One third of deaths occur in travelers. The three main causes of death are falls from a height (216 deaths out of 379), means of transport such as cars, trains, etc. (123) and the drownings (66). This is followed by more unlikely accidents involving firearms (24) and electric shock or wildlife attacks (17).

Tourism and deadly selfies

Many deaths from selfies is the result of tourists taking risks in places they do not know well. Travel medicine professionals should start advising people traveling regularly to take responsibility. selfies, says the study.

The foundation also ranks the 10 most dangerous places in the world to shoot selfie. These include them Niagara waterfalls in North America, the Taj Mahal in India or the Urals Mountains in Russia.

The top 3 countries with the most deaths from selfies include the India (100 deaths since 2008), United States (39) and Russia (33).

“The data for India are partly explained by the fact that many people in the country make out selfies “taking their bodies out of the train window or door,” she explains Cristina Juesa, one of the co-signatories of the study.

To illustrate this point, the case of three dead teenagers who were hit by a train while taking their picture on the railway in India in 2019. The accident happened at Panipat, in the northern state Haryana, while young people were going to a wedding in the city.

It was conducted by a group of seven Spaniards The study took into account only public events published in the press or in press releases since 2008. It effectively excludes deaths that were not reported by the media.

And in Morocco selfies kill

The study does not report deaths in Morocco due to a selfie. However, the national press has revealed some dramas of the genre in the last three years.

The past May, a young man hiking with his friends dies while photographing himself on top of a mountain in the city El Bibane, in the province Taounate.

Another death from a fall was recorded in September 2020, on the boulevard Ennakhil in Oujda. An 18-year-old girl lost her life when she fell from the 4th floor of an apartment building, 10 meters high. She had gone to a friend’s house to say goodbye before flying to France where she was going to start her postgraduate studies.

In February 2019, a 15-year-old girl drowned on the beach in the area Al Mohit. She had come for a walk with a friend and, fascinated by the size of the waves, approached to take a selfie in the sea setting. A huge wave swept away her body that was never found. In the summer of the same year, a 19-year-old died instantly in Oued Laou, in the area Tetouan, losing his balance from the top of a cliff as he prepared to pull out a selfie

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