Selfie-related deaths have spiked over the last few years, and the figures are only getting worse.
And now, the search for the perfect selfie has cost one woman her life...
Selfies may be a big thing on social media...But, believe it or not, they've been putting hundreds of lives at risk.
It might surprise you to find out that selfie-related deaths happen a lot more than you might think...And the death toll is on the rise.
Researchers at the US National Library of Medicine have even gone as far as to recommend that "no selfie zones" should be placed at dangerous sites...Including places like tops of mountains, tall buildings, and lakes, where many deaths occur every year.
Drowning, transport accidents, and falling were found to be the most common cause of death.But death by animals, electrocution, fire, and firearms also appeared frequently in reports from around the world.
Reports found that here in the US, we have one of the highest rates of selfie-deaths than most countries...And that 72.5% of those reported are men. Although that doesn't put women out of the equation completely.
And it seems as though selfie-related deaths are on the rise...
via: GettyThere were only 3 reports of selfie-related deaths in 2011, but that has escalated massively to ninety-eight in 2016, and ninety-three in 2017!
However, the researchers think the number of deaths could actually be much higher than this.
via: Getty"It is believed that selfie deaths are underreported and the true problem needs to be addressed," the report says. "Certain road accidents while posing for selfies are reported as death due to Road Traffic Accident. "Thus, the true magnitude of the problem is underestimated. It is therefore important to assess the true burden, causes, and reasons for selfie deaths so that appropriate interventions can be made."
Despite the risk, people still seem intent on taking incredibly risky selfies...
via: GettyJust for the perfect picture.