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Study: More than 250 killed while snapping selfies since 2011


SAN ANTONIO (KABB/WOAI) - Think about this the next time you take a selfie in what could be a dangerous spot: more than 250 people have died while taking selfies since late 2011, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.

In all, the study identified 259 selfie deaths around the world, with most happening in India, Russia, the United States and Pakistan.

The study says most of those deaths occurred while selfie-takers were taking serious risks -- such as standing on top of a slippery cliff -- to get the perfect shot.

Most of the victims were men under 30.

There are also many more people who are injured while snapping selfies. On Sunday, a man fell into the Great Falls along the Potomac River in Maryland and survived. Bystanders pulled him from the water.

The study concludes that "no selfie zones" should be established at tourist spots across the world, especially at tall buildings and near bodies of water and mountain peaks.

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