THE relentless search for the ideal “selfie” has led to more than 250 deaths, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine & Primary Care.
Researchers from the India Institute of Medical Sciences trawled news articles between 2011 and 2017 and found 259 reported selfie tragedies as likeseekers plummeted to their death from attractive vantage points, were mauled to death by wild animals or run down by trains as they took their own perfect snap.
The average age of those killed was just under 23, and over three quarters of those killed taking selfies were male.
The top causes of death were drowning, being hit by a vehicle or falling - while the USA led in terms of firearm-related “selficides”.
AN AMERICAN couple experienced a somewhat unwelcome “Rocky Mountain high” after they hiked to a scenic location in Colorado where the 27-year-old man proposed to his girlfriend.
The adventure took them to Jasper Peak, which has an elevation of almost 4,000m - but after he popped the question and was joyfully accepted, they unfortunately became lost as darkness fell during their return.
Another hiker found the lovedup pair suffering from dehydration and altitude sickness, with rescuers reaching them early the next morning.
According to the Boulder County sheriff’s office, they didn’t end up requiring medical treatment and despite the mishap the engagement is “still on”.