US Third In The World For Number Of Deaths Caused By Selfies

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The U.S. ranks third in the world for “selfie deaths,” second only to India and Pakistan.

Conducted by Carnegie Mellon University and the Indraprastha Institute of Information in Delhi, the study found that there were 127 total deaths worldwide caused by people trying to take pictures of themselves between March 2014 and September 2016.

The U.S. recorded eight selfie deaths, while India scored the world’s highest number of selfie deaths, making up over 60 percent of all reported selfie deaths, according to the Telegraph.

The study found that 76 of the 127 deaths occurred in India, and that Mumbai was particularly dangerous for snapping photos. Three students drowned in the city while trying to take selfies. Since then, Mumbai began a campaign in June 2017 to identify dangerous selfie spots and prevent future deaths from occurring.

Indian police now stop people from taking photos in locations they deem dangerous after the slew of selfie deaths.

“We deploy bandobast [police protection] at selfie points when the tide is high,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police told The Times of India. “When the weather is rough, we request people not to go near the sea to take selfies. The personnel on bandobast are sufficiently briefed not to let people pull dangerous stunts.”

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