These are the two deadliest places to take selfies, a new study shows — so think twice before you whip out that phone


  • Selfies played a part in more than 250 deaths between October 2011 and November 2017, a new study says.
  • Researchers found that the top causes of selfie-related deaths were centered around water or moving vehicles.
  • The idea of “no-selfie zones” has emerged in an effort to decrease the amount of selfie-related deaths.

Before going to great lengths to capture that one-of-a-kind selfie, you might want to think hard about how much you’d risk for it.

More than 250 deaths between October 2011 and November 2017 can be linked to selfies, a recent study has found.

The deadliest place to take a selfie? 


According to the study, there have been at least 70 selfie fatalities due to drowning during the 6-year period. The deadly incidents include people getting swept away by waves, ignoring safety warnings on beaches, and being on boats that have capsized. 

Water-borne selfie deaths are especially deadly as they often involve multiple people. The 70 deaths stemmed from 32 incidents, according to the study. 

Perhaps just as dangerous, or even more so, are selfies taken from elevated places. 

The study cites 48 deaths from “falling” that resulted from 41 incidents — that’s a higher number of fatal incidents involving selfies than drowning, even if the overall death toll is lower. 

Here’s a full list of the causes of selfie death:

Selfie Deaths

The study was conducted by a group of researchers out of India, which is home to more selfie-related deaths than any other country. It’s important to note that researchers based their findings off English news outlets’ existing coverage of selfie-related deaths, meaning there may be other deaths that occurred within the study’s six-year period that either weren’t reported or occurred in a non-English speaking country.

A couple of other interesting findings:

Almost three-quarters of the selfie-related deaths were men. Even though studies have found that women take more selfies than men, men more likely to engage in risky behavior to capture the perfect picture.

The majority of the 51 people whose deaths involved a mode of transportation were killed in selfie-related incidents involved moving trains. 

Most of the selfie deaths involving firearms occurred in the US.

To reduce the number of selfie-related deaths, researchers suggest that cities and other public entities designate certain places as “no-selfie zones”  This idea has already been implemented in Mumbai, where authorities have marked 16 places in India’s largest city as off-limits that they deem to be most risky for selfie shots.

Other countries have taken similar steps to ensure safe selfie-taking — Russia ran a public safety campaign in 2015 centered around safe picture-taking practices. Rangers in New York’s Catskill Mountains enacted a number of safety measures near several waterfalls and cliff edges, and can ticket visitors for putting themselves in risky situations in the name of selfies.

But it’s hard to say whether the fervor to capture the best selfie will diminish anytime soon. Businesses have found innovative ways to profit off the craze, including pop-up museums in several cities who are attracting visitors by providing backdrops for Instagam-worthy pictures.

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Criminal Minds Celebrates 300 Episodes: Behind-the-Scenes Hang Out Secrets Revealed – E! Online

Criminal Minds is celebrating 300 episodes with the season 14 premiere, appropriately titled “300.” Not many shows have made it to this milestone, and it’s safe to say not many shows are like Criminal Minds—nor are many casts like the group of people playing together on this CBS drama.

“We genuinely hang out on weekends and we have giant text chains and email chains,” Paget Brewster told E! News at the show’s 300th episode celebration. “We genuinely enjoy each other.”

Brewster and Joe Mantegna even have vacation homes near each other, Mantegna said.

“It’s been years. We trust each other, we’re around each other all time…All of our families know each other,” Brewster said.

“You can’t make that happen,” Mantegna said. “That’s chemistry. That’s the indefinable aspect.”

In fact, the ladies of Criminal Minds—Brewster, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler and Kirsten Vangsness—have “hot tub wine machine time.” As Tyler describes it, it’s the four of them sitting in Vangsness’ hot tub, drinking wine and talking. “It’s one of the closest, most supportive groups I’ve ever worked with,” Tyler revealed.

That’s what happens with 300-plus episodes produced. Could there be 300 more?

“I would do 499 more,” Matthew Gray Gubler told us.

“You know what’s amazing? I could see this show going another 300 episodes,” executive producer Erica Messer told us. Messer also wrote the script to the 300th episode. “It is a world that has endless stories because it’s based on the psychology of human behavior—that’s endless…As long as we have heroes who want to keep chasing the bad guys I feel like we could keep going, and going, and going.”

Watch the video above for more.

Criminal Minds‘ 300th episode airs Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. on CBS.

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