Its no surprise to us that researchers are calling for selfie free zones to protect tourists from accidents and fatalities. ClickAway has been repairing cracked phones since 2010. The number of repairs we see from selfie-related mishaps is quite high. Preventing damaged phones is not the issue. Bans on snapping pictures on clifftops or where unsuspecting photographers have previously been swept into the sea could prevent future fatalities.
Drowning was the biggest causes of selfie related death and three out of four victims were male
According to a new study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, at least 259 people died since October 2011 while snapping selfies. The highest number of accidents is among ages 20-29. Over 70 percent of selfie accidents were among males. The researchers stress its not the selfies themselves that are harmful but the human behavior that accompanies them.
How many times have we seen news reports about near drownings, being hit by traffic or falling from an edge while taking selfies? India’s Institute of Medical Sciences says there should be selfie free zones set up around tourist areas where an accident is more likely. Some firms are already working on devices or apps that would recognize people trying to take a selfie while driving. The apps would also send alerts in areas already flagged as risky.
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