Death by Selfie: New Research Finds Tourists Engaging in High Risk Behavior

It is hard to believe, but an alarming number of deadly accidents are caused each year by people trying to get the ultimate selfie. Given the popularity of the ubiquitous selfie, maybe it isn’t so hard to believe after all.

Some researchers are now calling for what they call “no-selfie zones” at tourist locations all over the world. The reason? To prevent tourists from engaging in risky behavior trying to get that gold medal selfie.

Research found in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found that 259 people died while taking a selfie in an approximately six-year period between 2011 and 2017. The age range who scored highest for risky behavior were 20 to 29 years old and almost 73% male.

One recent example is a man who tried to snap a selfie while perched precariously above the very swollen Potomac River in Maryland. The decision nearly turned deadly when the man fell into the Potomac’s dangerous waters and had to be rescued by strangers who just happened to be nearby.