Selfies are five times more deadly than shark attacks

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LETHAL: Selfies are surprisingly more deadly than sharks (Pic: GETTY)

The figures, which were compiled by India’s Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, revealed that between October 2011 and November 2017 at least 259 people died taking photos of themselves.

This is compared to just 50 people that were mauled and died in shark attacks in the same period.

However, the study release comes just a day after a woman was mauled to death by three sharks in the Bahamas.

 Jordan Lindsay, 21,  had been on a snorkelling trip with her family near Rose Island when she was killed.

Taking selfies more dangerous than sharks

DEADLY: Taking a selfie can have lethal consequences (Pic: GETTY)

Selfies more dangerous than sharks

RISKY: People have been known to put themselves in dangerous situations for the perfect pic (Pic: GETTY)

According to the statistics, while women take the majority of selfies, it is men who take the most risks trying to take the perfect picture, making up three-quarters of selfie-related deaths.

They have passed away in a variety of ways, including drowning, vehicle crashes, shootings and falling from heights.

It is perhaps unsurprising the study was done in India, which recorded the largest number of people dying taking photos – a total of 159.

Scientists have previously called for “no photo zones” in popular holiday destinations due to the large increase in people dying while self-snapping.

Dr Agam Bansal, of the India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, said: “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.” 

Some high-profile cases include the death of schoolgirl who was “cut into pieces” while taking a photo in front of a freight train.

A British tourist and her partner also died while posing together on a cliff.

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