Watch your self-ie! In­dia tops rank­ing for selfie deaths

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

NEW DELHI: Next time you’re at the Taj Ma­hal, find your­self stand­ing on a pre­car­i­ous cliff or see an ap­proach­ing train, maybe just en­joy the mo­ment rather than try­ing to cap­ture the per­fect selfie.

These are just three of the ways that 76 selfie-tak­ers in In­dia have lost their lives, ac­cord­ing to a study pub­lished by US-based Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity and In­draprastha In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Delhi.

In the quest for the coolest selfie, more peo­ple have died in In­dia in the past two years than the to­tal num­ber of selfie-re­lated deaths in the rest of the world, ac­cord­ing to the study ti­tled “Me, My­self and My Kill­fie:

Char­ac­ter­iz­ing and Pre­vent­ing Selfie Deaths”.

Us­ing spe­cial search tech­niques to trawl the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia, the re­searchers iden­ti­fied 127 con­firmed selfie deaths since March 2014.

They blamed peo­ple’s de­sire for more “likes” and com­ments on so­cial me­dia for driv­ing in­creas­ingly risky selfie-tak­ing.

“(The) click­ing dan­ger­ous self­ies (has proved) to be so dis­as­trous that dur­ing the year 2015 alone, there have been more deaths caused due to self­ies than shark at­tacks all over the world,” the re­searchers said in a blog post.

Three stu­dents in north­ern In­dia died try­ing to take a dar­ing selfie in front of an on­com­ing train, ac­cord­ing to the study pub­lished last week. Another stu­dent lost his life when the cliff he was stand­ing on for a photo cracked, send­ing him plung­ing 18 me­tres (60 feet) into a ravine.

A selfie-tak­ing Ja­panese tourist died af­ter he slipped down the stairs at the Taj Ma­hal while seven peo­ple pos­ing for a group selfie died when the boat they were in cap­sized. Pak­istan took sec­ond place in the global killer-selfie rank­ings with nine deaths, fol­lowed by the United States with eight and Rus­sia on six.

In­dia’s pop­u­la­tion of 1.25 bil­lion is nearly four times the size of the US’s and over six times the size of Pak­istan, but that fails to ac­count for the huge dis­crep­ancy be­tween the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, China with its pop­u­la­tion of 1.37 bil­lion only had four self­iere­lated deaths. The group be­hind the study hopes their work will raise aware­ness of the killer trend-and maybe en­cour­age peo­ple to just ap­pre­ci­ate the view.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.