Rising selfie deaths is a worldwide phenomenon

Rising selfie deaths is a worldwide phenomenon
According to a new report, 127 people have died while taking a selfie over the 29-month period that ended this past September. 60% of the deaths took place in India while 6.3% took place in the U.S. A selfie death is defined as the death of a person that would not have occurred had the deceased not been taking a selfie.

Overall, the study (released by Carnegie Mellon University and a pair of Indian Universities) found eight common factors involved in selfie deaths. They are height, water, height and water, train, weapons, vehicles, electricity and animals. Men were responsible for 76% of the selfie deaths even though women take more self portraits overall. 70% of the deceased were age 24 or younger, confirming that Millennials are the group most interested in snapping selfies in the first place. 

The report takes a mathematical and scientific look at trying to distinguish between a dangerous selfie and a non-dangerous one. You can click on the sourcelink to check that out. We think that using one's common sense is a better guide than looking at raw science to determine if the selfie you are shooting is safe. Obviously, taking a selfie while tightwalking on a shaky rail on the 36th floor of a building is not safe. Taking a selfie with a rattlesnake is also not wise. Use discretion and you probably will be able to live through all of the selfies that you take.

source: CarnagieMellon via NYPost



1. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

nothing to see here guys..just natural selection doing its job

4. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Completely agree, if you had the smarts to do it, here's your Darwin Award


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I know, right? Just like those weak ladies that get snatched up by those stronger guys in the middle of the night and get killed or raped. Survival of the fittest, right?

13. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016


15. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

For real? we are talking in here about common sense.... not violence

17. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Getting yourself killed because your foolish and being the victim of another's violence are 2 vastly different things.

25. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

That's a totally unrelated response, we're talking about dumb people getting themselves killed by taking selfies they can avoid taking. Is like I'm driving at 100 km/h and I decide to take a snap. dafuk man, it's common sense.

28. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

There's a huge difference between being a victim of violence and standing in front of a speeding train to take a selfie..

18. lyndon420

Posts: 6834; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Not fast enough. We're overpopulated by billions. They need to push high stakes into games like Pokemon Go so we can speed up the process.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here comes the (they were using an iPhone crap).

3. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Considering India has the highest percentile of death......whoever says that is probably wrong :D.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Kumar might disagree lol

6. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Well Dark, you were the first one to state that crap. How about you go somewhere with your humongous head and do something productive with your time? But no, you'd rather attempt to start a trolling party, because your life is actually that boring. People like you are incredibly annoying. All you do is try to swing a topic in your way so you then can feel proud that you influenced a conversation, and the only reason you do this is because you can't add anything to the subject conversation. Your version of providing two cents is dividing people up, intentionally and irrationally. Next time you open your mouth, say something worth saying.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You must feel some type of way....

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I said what he told me to say.

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Ironically his last line applies to him best.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly lol

8. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And what did you just add to the subject with your bull S**T you just wrote. Now to the subject. Its really sad that people can't put their phones down when in the car.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Something worth saying.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Not if you think my post was to you but it wasn't.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31324; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That response was to the troll.

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6834; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Hey...seeing as the topic was brought up, I'd like to get in on this. Any guesses as to the ratio of iphones to Androids in these deaths?!? I'm thinking somewhere between 5:1 & 10:1 but leaning more towards the latter.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7517; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

In India, iOS has a market share of 3%.......it's obvious which way this is leaning. I'd go 9:1 Android......

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's really not that easy to just look at market share. Especially with so many people living there (and I know not all of them have smartphones), 3% are still a lot of users. Could easily be only upper class takes a lot of selfies. Also one would think it would be mainly women (since they take a lot of selfies) but in fact it were mostly men who died during a selfie http://www.newsx.com/national/46811-india-has-the-most-number-of-selfie-deaths-in-the-world-says-study

9. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

India what the hell?

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

it's leading by wide margin... congrats

16. monoke

Posts: 1173; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

"Hold up. This is gonna be the perfect selfie. I got to get closer to the edge. Just a few more ste... Oh Sheezz!!!!"

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

We shouldn't bring attention to this, because then warnings will be posted, or camera apps will post a message stating to remain aware of surroundings, etc. Let's keep the warning labels off of everything, as life should be difficult for stupid people.

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