'No Selfie Zone' to be set up because of 'Selfie Deaths'. Seems pretty selfish...

Selfie deaths

I just takes one asshole to ruin a good thing. In this case it took 49. There were a reported 49 deaths that were caused by taking selfies at the most un-opportune time. 40% of those selfie deaths took place in India. Which is why they will be among the first to implement this ban, resulting an a $17 fine.

In January, an 18-year-old woman fell into the sea while attempting to snap a selfie at Mumbai's famous Bandra Fort. She drowned, along with another man who jumped in after her in an attempt to save her.

selfie suicide death

Though women take significantly more selfies than men, 36 of the 49 selfie-related fatality victims were male. Studies have proven that men are two times more likely to take recreational risks than women are, even when it comes to selfies. Researchers at Ohio State University found that men who frequently post selfies score significantly higher in the traits of "narcissism" and "psychopathy" in personality tests. As a result, when these men take a selfie, they brush off potential dangers in favor of validation and personal gain.

"It's all about me. It's putting me in the frame. I'm getting attention and when I post that to social media, I'm getting the confirmation that I need from other people that I'm awesome," says lead researcher Jesse Fox. "You're not thinking about the consequences of your actions, so who cares if you're dangling off the side of the Eiffel Tower?"

selfie suicide death

One-third of all people who met their demise in the midst of a selfie fell from heights -- most commonly, a cliff or a building.

In late August of 2015, for example, a 25 year-old man Chinese man ventured off-trail to snap a selfie at the top of Long Men waterfall in eastern China. Distracted by the camera, he took a misstep and plunged 100 feet down into a ravine, where he died instantly. When authorities recovered his body several days later, his selfie stick-mounted phone -- still intact -- contained a picture of him in the process of falling.

selfie suicide death

To an alarming degree, selfie deaths seem to plague India. Here, 19 individuals -- 40% of all selfie-related fatalities -- met their demise. This can't solely be attributed to India's large population (China, by contrast, has only one reported death). So what's going on?

selfie suicide death

Of the 49 cases we examined, not a single death was caused by the selfie itself. To our knowledge, nobody has ever been fatally impaled by a selfie stick; rather, the selfie seems to serve as an inopportune catalyst -- a distractor in situations where the picture-taker should should be focused on safety.