Shocking! India tops selfie deaths

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Researchers in the study suggested that more "no selfie zones" need to be created at unsafe spots in order to reduce the number of deaths.

"The selfie deaths have become a major public health problem", the study's lead author Agam Bansal told The Washington Post.

The study was conducted by a group of researchers out of India, which is home to more selfie-related deaths than any other country.

This is not the first time that light has been shed on the fatal risks of snapping a selfie. The leading cause of death identified from the reports was drowning, but there were also numerous incidents involving transportation (including being struck by trains), falls, and fires. It's important to note that researchers based their findings off English news outlets' existing coverage of selfie-related deaths, meaning there may be other deaths that occurred within the study's six-year period that either weren't reported or occurred in a non-English speaking country.

Researchers advise the creation of "no-selfie" zones at high-risk areas including bodies of water, mountain peaks and tall buildings. In May, a man in India tried to take a selfie with an injured bear and was mauled to death, the Independent reported.

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About 50% (106) of total selfie deaths occurred in 20-29 year age group followed by 36% deaths in 10-19 year age group.

The study defined a selfie-related death as any accidental death that occurs while someone either takes a selfie or is part of a selfie.

Image: Many of the deaths involve people taking selfies near trains.

In 2015, a day after the opening of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge - the third Bosporus bridge - a semi-truck driver was killed after he stopped on the bridge to take a selfie, causing a traffic accident. In September, an Israeli teenager visiting Yosemite National Park in California fell hundreds of feet to his death while trying to take a selfie near the top of an iconic waterfall.

More than 250 deaths between October 2011 and November 2017 can be linked to selfies, a recent study has found.

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These 259 people died in a variety of unfortunate ways, from being washed away by waves at the beach to falling from an unsurvivable height.

Efforts to dissuade people from taking unsafe selfies has already been attempted in multiple countries, including India, Russia and Indonesia.

Russian Federation has already launched a "Safe Selfie" campaign with the slogan "Even a million "likes" on social media are not worth your life and wellbeing".

An informational graphic with icons of "bad selfie ideas" - highlighting stick figures posing on power poles and while holding guns - was also distributed, Dr Jain noted in his study.

Perhaps just as unsafe, or even more so, are selfies taken from elevated places. They then attempted to cross-match those search links with links from their list of newspapers.

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