Selfies linked to at least three deaths at Grand Canyon National Park this year

So far this year three deaths at Grand Canyon National Park have been attributed to taking photos.

A recent study reports 259 deaths and 137 injuries or accidents, worldwide, between 2011 and 2017 are associated with selfies. Worse, in 2011, there were only three deaths. By 2017, there were 93.

Falls from cliffs, car crashes, animal attacks, drownings, and firearms accidents can all be linked to selfies.

hiker from Taiwan falls to her death

In 2014, Taiwan hiker Gigi Wu snapped a bikini pic from a snowy mountain. For four years, her Insta posts continued, with stunning photos from peaks all over Asia, always taken while wearing a bikini.

She quickly gained thousands of followers.

This year, still climbing mountains and posting bikini shots, she fell an estimated 60 to 100 feet and landed in a ravine. She contacted friends with her satellite phone who then alerted emergency workers.

With plunging temperatures and several failed helicopter attempts, rescuers set out on foot. 43 hours later, they found her lifeless body.

selfie deaths, by the numbers

Males accounted for three-quarters of selfie deaths.

Half of all victims were age 20-29.

Half the deaths occurred in India, followed by Russia and the United States.

Selfies have killed five times more people than shark attacks.

Drownings, train strikes, and falls were the most common causes of death, presumably following a moment of distraction while taking the pic.

In the US, most selfie deaths came as victims shot themselves, believing the gun with which they posed had been empty.

Noteworthy: Since selfies are not considered an “official cause of death” (and therefore not reported that way) the true number could be much higher.

Geek out on a list of selfie deaths in the US.

Are selfies more harmful than good? Check out the debate here.


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