Death by selfie

Here is interesting research on the growing phenomenon of getting yourself killed while trying to shoot a selfie. Apparently, the goal is to build a kind of this-is-a-dangerous-selfie warning app.

In 2014, 15 people died while taking a selfie; in 2015 this rose to 39, and in 2016 there were 73 deaths in the first eight months of the year. That’s more selfie deaths than deaths due to shark attacks. That raises an interesting question—how are these people dying, and is there a way to prevent these kinds of accidents?

Source: Data Scientists Chart the Tragic Rise of Selfie Deaths

and the research paper can be found at


One thought on “Death by selfie

  1. Andrew

    And more dangerous selfie news can be found at

    A group of tourists were today slammed by the coastguard after risking their lives by posing for photos on the edge of a crumbling 500ft cliff.

    The young tourists, believed to be Korean, even took it in turns to teeter on one leg or dangle their feet over the edge at Seven Sisters Country Park near Brighton, East Sussex.

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