At least 259 people have died attempting to pull-off the ultimate Instagram selfie according to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care journal.
The study found that from October 2011 to November 2017 there were 259 reported 'Instagram' deaths. The researchers relied on newspapers for this information.
The top three causes of deaths by Instagram selfie:
- Being hit by a vehicle
In terms of the vehicle-related deaths, the biggest killer was people performing selfies in-front of a moving trains.
The study makes it clear that there are almost certainly more people who have died taking selfies than has been reported.
> “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” reads part of the study. “Many cases are not reported.”
Researchers broke down the geography of the deaths and found that the “highest number of incidents and selfie-deaths” were in “India followed by Russia, the United States, and Pakistan.”
India led the way with almost 50 percent of the fatalities reported in the study.
> “Our study has shown that the ratio of deaths to incidents is almost double in India,” reads the study. “This unique feature could be attributed to the reason that the trend of group selfies is more prevalent in India as compared to other countries.”
The study puts forth the idea of “no-selfie zones” in dangerous areas for millennials.
> “Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behaviour that accompanies selfies is dangerous. Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviours and risky places where selfies should not be taken,” reads the study. No selfie zones “should be declared across many tourist areas especially places such as water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths.”