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Saturday, November 19, 2016

India tops the list of most selfie deaths than rest of the world

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                                                           A Teenage boy taking selfie during Holy in India

Although sounds bizarre, India heads the list of selfie deaths followed by Pakistan and USA. The new findings emerged from the research of scholars from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi. Their analysis reported 127 deaths spanning two years from march 2014 to September 2016.They published their study  provocatively titled “Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths" .

The country wise number of selfie casualties is given in table 

Number of casualities
Romania,Austalia,Mexico,SouthAfrica,Italy,Serbia,Chile Nepal,Hongkong

Scientists dissected a huge number of selfies posted on Twitter and found that men were much more probable than ladies to take dangerous selfies and accounted for approximately 75% of deaths. They used a combination of text based, Image-based and location-based features to classify a particular selfie as dangerous or not. They used a method that ran on 3,155 annotated selfies collected on Twitter gave 73% accuracy. 

The desire to get more likes, comments cand shares on social media is driving the youth to go to extreme length for selfies. The authors figured out 8 common reasons behind selfie deaths. The most common reason for selfie death was height related that involve people falling from buildings or mountains that accounted for 29 casualties also water relate  deaths are not far behind they accounted for 11 casualties.

In India alone,  a staggering 87%  selfie deaths are water related. This is followed by getting hit by a train by posing on tracks or taking in front of a running train. If you look at the age group of all the selfie deaths, 41 victims were aged less than 20 years, 45 were between 20 and 24 years of age and 17 victims were 30 years old or above. The authors hope their study would be helpful to identify the risk before taking selfie dangerous situations

To summarize this work helps in understanding the reasons behind selfie casualties and provide a probable solution to reduce deaths.

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