Selfies, which have become a global sensation in the last decade, have killed five times more people than shark attacks.
And the death toll has increased gradually every year as smartphones become more sophisticated and selfie sticks increase the range in which people can grab themselves, thus taking greater risks for the perfect shot.
Between October 2011 and November 2017, according to the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care from India, at least 259 people died taking selfies all over the world, compared to just 50 people killed by sharks in the same period.
Selfish? Tourists take selfies in front of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
But statistics were published the day after a 21-year-old American student, Jordan Lindsey from Torrance, California, was fatally attacked by three sharks while snorkeling in the Bahamas.
While women take the most selfies, young men who are more inclined to take risks represent three-quarters of selfie deaths – drowning, crashing, falling or shooting accidents.
India, with a population of over 1.3 billion and 800 million mobile phones, keeps the record of the number of people dying while shooting itself, with 159 shots so far.
That's more than half of the global total – and a kind of testament to the love of the country for group photos and the youthful population.
Saudi groom Basil Albani poses for a selfie with his friends during his wedding at his home in the resort town of Jeddah in the Red Sea
India has seen selfie-breaking groups of young people die when they were hit by a train or drowned when their boat sank when they clicked the shutter.
The situation has become so terrible that India & # 39; has not set up selfie & # 39; zones – 16 of them in the city of Mumbai alone.
The country was far ahead of Russia (16 dead), the United States (14) and Pakistan.
In Russia, people have fallen from bridges and tall buildings, shot themselves or even died while handling a land mine. In 2015, the police issued a manual for & # 39; selfies without danger & # 39 ;.
US-supported Syrian militants take a selfie in the village of Baghouz in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor in Syria
In the United States, most of those involved in selfie victims shot dead while looking for the perfect pose. A number of people died in the Grand Canyon.
Rescue services in Croatia used Twitter to ask tourists & # 39; to stop taking stupid and dangerous selfies & # 39; after a Canadian miraculously survived a 250-foot (75-meter) fall in the Plitvice Lake District.
In January, Taiwanese social media celebrity Gigi Wu – known as the & # 39; Bikini Climber & # 39; for taking selfies on top of mountain tops dressed in a bikini – died when she fell into a canyon. She was 36.
Muslim pilgrims take a selfie in the Great Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, on the eve of the start of the annual pilgrimage to the pilgrimage
Inappropriate selfie spots
Even when they are not fatal, selfies can be extremely macabre.
In 2014, a Brazilian woman caused anger online when she took a smiling selfie at the funeral of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos at the funeral.
The influence of social media on Sueli Toledo also caused a stir when she posted a photo on Instagram with the caption & # 39; My look today at the funeral of a super friend & # 39 ;.
Selfies in places that are considered sacred or sacred – especially if they honor the dead – can also raise questions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely pose for a selfie on election night
In the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Poland, which is visited annually by 2.1 million people, museum staff do not hesitate to contact people who place selfies that are considered inappropriate.
From Brazil to Vietnam and Germany, road accident witnesses posted selfies at the crash site – generally seen as a gauche.
More and more selfies – even in tourist ports – are becoming a bit tricky for the locals.
Residents of the picturesque Rue Cremieux in Paris were so disturbed by the constant stream of selfie-breaking tourists outside their windows that they started their own Instagram account, clubcremieux, where they published photos of the most absurd posers outside their doors, they pinned captions on barbed wire.
Two tourists take a selfie in front of the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico
The same thing happened in Hong Kong, where residents of the vast, multi-colored Quarry Bay apartment building applied signs prohibiting photos.
In Brazil, several young people made a buzz on Facebook in 2017 when they placed smiling selfies among frightened bus passengers who had thrown themselves to the ground during a shooting.
Faced with the crazy madness of endless selfies, Vienna has launched a campaign for a digital detox.
The Belvedere Museum has a large copy of Gustav Klimt & # 39; s classic painting & # 39; The Kiss & # 39; placed near the original and a giant red hashtag added, so that visitors can take their selfie next to the fax machine and even look at the real work of art.
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