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Officials Sound Alarm Over Troubling Trend That Poses Grave Threats To Lives

via CBS

A review by the University of New South Wales has identified taking selfies as a public health problem, citing data from studies in the U.S. and Australia.

Selfie-related deaths, particularly at scenic locations, were highlighted as concerning, with falls from heights being the most common cause of injury and death.

The study found that young females were most implicated in selfie-related deaths, with drowning being the second most common cause. (Trending: Biden’s Mental Decline Getting Even Worse)

“I wasn’t looking at people getting injured from taking selfies on man-made structures or train lines, for instance,” lead study author Sam Cornell said.

“I was surprised that when I drilled down in this way, young females were implicated the most,” Cornell added.

“In the U.S. and Australia, people are getting injured or dying while alone — normally as a result of falling from a cliff.”

“In India, lots of people die in bodies of water, often in groups.”

“In the U.S. and Australia, people are getting injured or dying while alone — normally as a result of falling from a cliff.”

“To date, little attention has been paid to averting selfie-related incidents through behavior change methodologies or direct messaging to users, including through social media apps,” the authors wrote.

Risk reduction methods like “no selfie zones” and physical barriers have been implemented, but the study concluded that more direct safety messaging to social media users is needed.

The issue was also emphasized as an unhealthy extension of social media pressures.

The lead researcher stressed the need for personal responsibility and awareness of one’s surroundings to prevent dangerous incidents.

“People joke about it, but I don’t think you should lose your life because of a silly youthful mistake,” Cornell pressed.

“We owe it to young people to mitigate this problem by communicating the risks. It is a public health concern.”

“We owe it to young people to mitigate this problem by communicating the risks,” Cornell said.

“It is a public health concern.”

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