How selfie-related deaths happen

Story highlights

  • An Indian teen died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while taking a selfie
  • Since 2014, dozens of people reportedly died as a result of some sort of accident involving a selfie
  • The most dangerous places to take a self-portrait seem to be high places or in water

It pops up in the news from time to time: the death-by-selfie. Earlier this year, for example, a teenager in India was struck and killed while trying to take a picture of himself in front of an oncoming train. Now the economics site Priceonomics has attempted to gather the existing statistics about the people who've lost their lives while taking selfies, combing through three years of news reports indicating a death was "precipitated by a selfie," or that a person had died while attempting to take a photo of themselves.

What they found was sobering: Since 2014, 49 people had been reported dead as a result of some sort o