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Almost 50 Selfie Related Deaths Since 2014

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Men are idiots, research shows

Nothing is immune from academic research, it seems, and website priceonomics.com has published findings on the subject of selfie-related deaths. And while it seems odd that someone should spend time analysing the phenomena, it is no surprise to learn that young men, even though they take far fewer selfies than women, make up the vast majority of vanity fatalities.

On average – and there is another entire website devoted to selfie stats – men take about 35% of selfies, but since 2104 have accounted for 36 of 49 deaths, 73.5%. Apparently men who take a lot of selfies are more likely to be narcissistic and psychopathic, so are more likely to take fatal risks to get the shot they want. Idiots.

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In September 2015 a 17 year Russian known as Andrey R died trying to take a selfie whilst hanging from a building in Moscow – he posted this photo to his Instagram just weeks before.

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While many cases are perhaps predictable – eight people have been killed in selfie incidents involving trains – some are almost unbelievable. A Mexican man shot himself in the head while taking a photo with a gun. A pilot and his passenger who died when their light aircraft crashed as the pilot lost control when trying to take a snap.

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Some countries are worse than others – in India and Russia there are extensive public awareness campaigns aimed at reducing accidents occurring while people take selfies. Statistics from Google and Wikipedia indicate that Iraq hasn’t yet recorded a selfie death – long may it last.

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