It's a dark topic, but there's a word you might want to know about: "killfie." Yes, that's the semi-official term for a death that has occurred during the act of taking a selfie. Maybe you've heard about some high-profile examples... but it actually happens more than you might think.
In fact, it's enough of a thing that scholars from Carnegie Mellon University actually conducted a study on the phenomenon, determining that about 127 people have died around the world while attempting to take selfies over the course of the last two and a half years.
And one country above all others accounts for the majority of those: India. The study found that 76 of such deaths happened in that country. While it's not exactly clear why, the study found that the significant majority — 87 percent — of the deaths were water related.
The Indian government is aware of the glut of selfie taking, and of the risks involved. Accordingly, reports Mashable, Mumbai police designated 16 places as "no-selfie" zones following two deaths.
Elsewhere around the world, nine people have died taking selfies in Pakistan, eight in the U.S., and six in Russia.
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