Youth run risk of death for that ‘ultimate’ selfie

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NAVEEN KUMAR
Published Oct 9, 2018, 12:22 am IST
Updated Oct 9, 2018, 12:22 am IST
India has highest number of selfie deaths among 259 worldwide.
In January this year a video of a man getting knocked down by a speeding train went viral globally.
 In January this year a video of a man getting knocked down by a speeding train went viral globally.

Hyderabad: India tops the list of countries that have the most number of ‘selfie deaths’, according to a study by the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. 

There have been several such incidents in Hyderabad, the latest one being the death of a student attempting to take a selfie in Talab Katta earlier this week. 

 

A senior official of the Hyderabad police said that there is something drastically wrong with this sort of adventure-seeking among youngsters. What is the point behind a “perfect selfie” at the cost of losing one’s life, he asked. The worldwide study into selfie-related deaths revealed that the average age of those who died is 23 years, and over 72 per cent of selfie-related deaths are of males.

“Selfies resulting in death and serious accidents are a global phenomenon, as is the tendency to post risky selfies with hashtags such as #dangerousselfie and #ultimateselfie. Youngsters copy the trained and executed stunts by celebrities on YouTube, Instagram and other social media platforms and end up either getting wounded or losing their precious lives,” an official of the Cyberabad police said. 

In January this year a video of a man getting knocked down by a speeding train went viral. It showed the man, identified as Shiva, standing with a camera recording a video of himself at Bharatnagar station. 

“He remained standing as his friends kept calling out to him as the train went past, knocking him down. He suffered serious head injuries,” said a railway official.

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Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




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