The quest for extreme selfies killed 259 people between 2011 and 2017, a 2018 global study has revealed.
Researchers at the US National Library of Medicine recommend that ‘no selfie zones’ should be introduced at dangerous spots to reduce deaths.
These would include the tops of mountains, tall buildings and lakes, where many of the deaths occurred.
Drowning, transport accidents and falling were found to be the most common cause of death.
But death by animals, electrocution, fire and firearms also appeared frequently in reports from around the world.
Taking selfie at dangerous zone
In July this year, 19-year-old Gavin Zimmerman fell to his death while taking selfies on a cliff in New South Wales, Australia.
Tomer Frankfurter died in California’s Yosemite National Park in September after falling 250 metres while trying to take a selfie.
News reports like this were analysed to compile the study.
They found that selfie-related deaths are most common in India, Russia the United States and Pakistan and 72.5% of those reported are men.
Previous studies were compiled from Wikipedia pages and Twitter, which researchers say did not give accurate results.
The new study also showed that the number of deaths is on the rise.
There were only three reports of selfie-related deaths in 2011, but that number grew to 98 in 2016 and 93 in 2017.
However, the researchers claim that the actual number of selfie deaths could be much higher because they are never named as the cause of death.
“It is believed that selfie deaths are underreported and the true problem needs to be addressed,” it says.
“Certain road accidents while posing for selfies are reported as death due to Road Traffic Accident.
“Thus, the true magnitude of the problem is underestimated. It is therefore important to assess the true burden, causes, and reasons for selfie deaths so that appropriate interventions can be made.”
Last year, Russian police launched a campaign urging people to take safer selfies after about 100 people were injured and dozens died in gruesome accidents while striking high-risk poses in 2015.
“A cool selfie could cost you your life,” the interior ministry warned in a leaflet packed with tips such as “a selfie with a weapon kills”.
Twelve people were reported killed in selfie-related accidents last year – more deaths than people killed by shark attacks.
A 66-year-old Japanese tourist died, and his travel companion was injured, after falling down stairs while attempting to take a selfie at the Taj Mahal last year.
In December, a Pakistani man died in Rawalpindi after being hit by a fast-moving train as he tried to take a selfie with it while standing on the track.
Last May, a Russian woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a pistol while posing for a selfie with the weapon.
And US investigators in February said a pilot’s repeated snapping of selfie photos caused a small plane to crash, killing both people on board.