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Global study suggests: Selfies are deadlier than shark attacks

A global study suggested that selfies have become a global sensation in the last decade or so and have remarkably killed five times more people than shark attacks. The death toll is increasing each year as the smartphones are becoming more sophisticated; the selfie-sticks have increased the range that has prompted people to take bigger risks for the perfect shot. The most number of deaths during accidents while clicking photos occurred in India as suggested by the global study.

According to the Journal of Family Medicine & Primary Care, which reported that between October 2011 and November 2017, at least 259 people died taking selfies around the globe, as compared to just 50 people killed by sharks in the same period. Mostly women take the most selfies, even though young men are more prone to take risks which make up three-quarters of the selfie deaths-in drowning, crashes, falls or shooting accidents.

India holds the record for the number of people dying in the act of photographing themselves, with 159 recorded so far. India has a population of more than 1.3 billion with 800 million cell phones.

The situation has become so worse that the country has set up “no selfie” zones and 16 of them are in the city of Mumbai alone. India ranks ahead of Russia (16 deaths), the United States (14) and Pakistan.

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