Why people are being fined for taking selfies

No-selfie zones are now a thing, due to people putting put themselves in danger while taking photos.

In Mumbai, India, there are now 16 different zones across the city where you can be fined for taking selfies.

According to a study by San Francisco-based researchers Priceonomics, 49 people died in 2014 around the world trying to take selfies. 19 of those were in India. Given that the country has a population of 1.5 billion, the numbers are somewhat skewed, but it’s still somewhat a scary statistic.

Most of the no-selfie zones sit along the coastline and in off-limits areas of the city.

Dangerous deaths

If you take a photo in one of these 16 zones, you could be slapped with a fine of 1,200 rupees (about US$18, £12.50). The city is also planning an awareness campaign to help save lives.

What’s yet to be seen is whether fines in no-selfie zones will actually stop people from taking snaps in dangerous situations.

Priceonomics also found that 73% of people who have died taking selfies in 2014 were male and the average age was 21. No-one aged over 32 has been reported to have died in a selfie-related incident.

The most common death from taking selfies involve people falling from heights followed by drowning, trains, guns, grenades, animals and plane/car crashes.

If you take our advice, you should never put yourself in danger to make the perfect shot. You’re all just beautiful the way you are – you don’t need to hang off the side of a cliff to prove it.

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