At least 127 people worldwide have been killed since March 2014, according to the study, which was titled, “Me, Myself and My Kilfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths.”
It revealed that men suffered over 75 percent of the selfie fatalities, despite the fact women are more likely to take selfies, it added. India in particular saw 76 such deaths in the past three years. The study, instead of explaining how the deaths occurred, opted to explain what can turn selfies into so-called “killfies.”
“Clicking selfies has become a symbol of self-expression and often people portray their adventurous side by uploading crazy selfies. This has proved to be dangerous,” the study said.
The researchers compiled data from verifiable news sources after a massive web search. They found falls from buildings or mountains to be the most common factor in the deaths, followed by people fatally struck by trains and victims who drowned in bodies of water.
No other country had double-digit fatalities, according to the study.
Mumbai police outlined 16 specific “no-selfie zones” around the country’s largest city after two people drowned in the Arabian Sea last year.
The United States suffered from the third-most selfie casualties in the world. However, America suffered the most deaths from people posing for selfies with weapons. Ironically, India’s neighbor Pakistan suffered from the second-most. Victims aged between 20 and 24 years suffered from the most casualties at 45, according to the study, while there were 41 deaths of those under the age of 20, it added.
“By analyzing selfie deaths—in terms of group and individual deaths, it can be concluded that taking dangerous selfies not only puts the selfie-taker at a risk but also can also be hazardous to the people around them,” it said.