The pursuit of the extreme selfie has resulted in the deaths of nearly 260 people between 2011 and 2017, according to a 2018 global study on the topic.

Since the advent of the selfie, people have been attempting to capture images of themselves atop mountains, tall buildings and lakes — sometimes with fatal consequences.

This trend has even prompted researchers at the U.S. National Library of Medicine to urge the introduction of no-selfie zones at dangerous locations to prevent such fatalities.

The most common causes of death surrounding extreme selfies typically include drowning, transport accidents and falls. However, according to reports, deaths by animal, electrocution, fire and firearms are becoming more frequent.

The study also revealed that the countries with the highest number of selfie-related deaths are India, Russia, the United States and Pakistan.

Despite the increase in selfie-related deaths, researchers believe the numbers to be much higher but not always genuinely reflected, as they are never listed as the actual cause of death.

"It is believed that selfie deaths are underreported and the true problem needs to be addressed," the report said.

"Certain road accidents while posing for selfies are reported as death due to Road Traffic Accident.

"Thus, the true magnitude of the problem is underestimated. It is therefore important to assess the true burden, causes and reasons for selfie deaths so that appropriate interventions can be made."

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