Here we go again... another tragic death from taking a selfie:
Authorities in Arkansas say a selfie proved deadly for a college student who fell off a scenic cliff while hiking. According to reports, the 20-year old woman was identified as Iowa University student Andrea Norton who was visiting the Ozark Mountains as part of a school trip. Norton fell about 100 feet from Hawksbill Crag Saturday after stepping too close to the edge to take a photo.
Pics or it didn't happen, right?
But this mentality is costing lives.... 259 of them, to be exact, between 2011 and 2017. And counting...
Not all selfie deaths are from falls.... as the study found:
Drowning, transport, and fall form the topmost three reasons for deaths caused by selfies. The most common drowning incidents include washed away by waves on beach, capsizing of boats while rowing, clicking selfies on shore while not knowing how to swim, or ignoring warnings. Similarly, for transport, it is majorly the accidents due to clicking in front of a running train. Among all the reasons for death, drowning and fire have the highest deaths/incident ratio. Also, most of the selfie-related deaths because of firearms occurred in the United States.
Photo credit: Getty Images Andrea Comi