People Who Died While Taking Selfies

This is a list of serious injuries and deaths in which the victim or a member of their group (for group selfies) took a selfie, or was preparing to do so, and any death(s) or injury(s) sustained were at least in part attributed to this activity for any reason. The Telegraph, citing Mashable and reporting numbers from a list on Wikipedia, wrote that, in 2015, more people were killed taking selfies than by shark attacks. CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Daily Beast have debated that analysis. CNN also cited data drawn, in part, from the Wikipedia list.

The United States Department of Transportation estimated that during 2014, the year of the selfie, 33,000 people were injured while driving and using a cell-phone in some fashion, which can include talking, listening, and “manual button/control actuation” including taking, uploading, downloading, editing, or opening of selfies. A survey by Erie Insurance Group found 4% of all drivers admit to taking selfies while driving, equal to nearly 10% of the percentage of drivers who admit to singing or dancing while driving and 1% higher than drivers who admit to urinating or defecating while driving.

The Washington Post reported January 2016 that reports show “about half” of at least 27 selfie deaths in 2015 occurred in India. As of February 2016, Priceonomics had recorded more selfie-related deaths in India than any other country. The data service provider said data gathered from Google News Archive and undisclosed source(s) on Wikipedia showed 19 people were killed since 2014 in India while taking selfies, accounting for 40% of all selfie-related deaths. According to the Hindustan Times, no official data on the number of people who died taking selfies exists, but reports show from 2014 up to August 2016, there have been at least 54 deaths in India while taking selfies. The Indian Tourism Ministry asked states to identify and barricade ‘selfie danger’ areas, its first national attempt to deal with the selfie deaths. Unnamed experts say that “selfies have become an attention-seeking activity for youths trying to find self-esteem in the ‘likes’ and comments on various social media platforms.” Mumbai police identified at least 16 danger zones after a man drowned attempting to save a selfie-taker A 2014 study found that 2 out of every 100,000 people in Mumbai were selfie-takers. The city ranked 416th among 459 other cities globally for most selfies per capita.

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