People have fallen off mountains, tumbled into rivers, crashed airplanes and been struck by trains while taking selfies.
More than one has accidentally pulled the trigger of a gun when they meant to click the shutter, and many have taken friends and relatives who tried to save them into the great beyond.
Now a team of computer experts has analyzed the causes of selfie deaths and they think they have a solution: an app that would warn people they are in a death-by-selfie zone.
“We found that most common reason of selfie death was height-related. These involve people falling off buildings or mountains while trying to take dangerous selfies,” Hemank Lamba of Carnegie Mellon University, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology and colleagues wrote in their report, which was published online at the open-access site arXiv.
Drowning and being hit by trains …