Selfies More Deadly than Sharks

According to official statistics, you are now more likely to die from a selfie related accident than a shark attack. These unbelievable figures come after a string of tragic deaths, including the electrocution of a teenager and the falling of a tourist down the Taj Mahal steps.

Following these high profile accidents and viral posts about selfie deaths, data company Priceonomics conducted research into the growing trend, trawling through three years of news reports from around the world to break down the facts and figures.

The study found that the highest proportion of selfie fatalities were male,  within the 19-21 year age bracket and usually involved either falling from height (e.g. taking a selfie whilst standing on a cliff), drowning (e.g. taking a selfie whilst swimming), or being hit by a train (e.g. taking a selfie in banned areas). India was by far the most dangerous country when it came to selfie related accidents, followed by Russia, USA, Spain and the Philippines.

When compared to other accidental deaths around the world, selfies came joint fourth, beaten only by erotic asphyxiation, airplane crashes and bee or wasp stings. To put this into perspective, selfies were more dangerous in 2015 than shark attacks, American Football and climbing Mount Everest.

If you love nothing better than capturing perfect travel selfies during your holidays, just remember to only pick safe places, and to ensure you know your surroundings so you won’t accidentally trip or fall. Putting yourself in unnecessary danger in pursuit of the perfect picture is never a good idea, and could invalidate your travel insurance.

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