Not only US, India too needs ‘no selfie zones’ on priority basis

New Delhi: In a recent development, the US National Library of Medicine suggested that ‘no selfie zones’ should be introduced at dangerous places across the North American country – to check the accidental deaths that are caused while taking the selfies.

As per a 2018 global study report, 259 people lost their lives across the world in an attempt to document extreme selfies.

Most selfie-related accidents in India

Additionally, the media reports suggest that India tops in number of selfie-related accidents, accounting for 50 per cent of the global figures and lies substantially ahead of countries like Russia, United States and Pakistan.

From October 2011 to November 2017, there have been 259 deaths while clicking selfies in 137 incidents. There have been 3 selfie-related deaths reported in 2011; 2 in 2013; 13 in 2014; 50 in 2015; 98 and 93, respectively, in 2016 and 2017, out of which 159 incidents were reported in India.

Why India tops the list

One of the major reasons behind the highest number of selfie-related deaths in the subcontinent nation is its significant share in world’s young (age less than 30 years) population. This age group is most likely to experience such accidents owing to their amplified interests in taking selfies.

Studies show that the ratio of death count to incidents is almost double in India, whereas in other countries incidents are somewhat close to the number of deaths. This unique phenomenon could be attributed to the reason that trend of group selfies is more prevalent in India as compared to other countries.

How selfie culture demands “no selfie zones”

Large-scale use of phone and time-to-time up gradation of phone features have led to increased selfie deaths. Usually, the youth and tourists are frequently affected because of the desire of “being cool,” posting photos on social medical, and getting rewards in forms of likes and comments.

Selfies are themselves not harmful, but the human behaviour that accompanies selfies is dangerous. Individuals need to be educated regarding certain risky behaviours and risky places where selfies should not be taken.

Owing to this trend, experts suggest “no selfie zones” areas should be declared across numerous tourist areas – which include spots such as water bodies, mountain peaks, and over tall buildings. This measure is expected to decrease the incidence of selfie-related deaths. Currently, 16 areas across Mumbai have been declared as “no selfie zones.”