Report: Selfies are 5x deadlier than shark attacks

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Friday, June 28, 2019

(WRDW/WAGT) -- According to a study by the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care India, selfies are becoming more deadly than sharks.

Selfie deaths have become a greater problem as smartphones become an everyday accessory around the world.

A Texas teen is lucky to be alive after falling off a bridge trying to get the perfect selfie.

"They say we stopped on the side of the bridge to take some pictures and that I was going over the concrete barriers. They heard me scream and they thought I was joking," Tristan Bailey says, barely remembering his fall.

The JFMPC used the keywords "selfie deaths; selfie accidents; selfie mortality; self-photography deaths," and more to gather news reports from across the globe since 2011.

In the seven-year period of Oct. 2011 to Nov. 2017, the study discovered there had been 259 selfie-related deaths in 137 incidents. About 72.5% of the people who died were men, and 27.5 were women.

"The highest number of incidents and selfie-deaths has been reported in India followed by Russia, the United States, and Pakistan."

The study says "risky behavior" caused more deaths and accidents, thanks to selfies.

Alternatively, in that same period of time, only 50 people were killed in shark attacks.

Researchers say people need to be more educated about risky behaviors and places where selfies shouldn't be taken. They go on to propose "no selfie zones" in tourist areas that could be dangerous.

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