Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths

With the rise in the amount and type of content being posted on social media, various trends have emerged. In the past, social media trends like memes, social media advertising, firestorm, crisis event reporting, and much more have been extensively analyzed. Over the past couple of years, clicking and posting selfies has become a popular trend. However, since March 2014, 127 people have died and many have been injured while trying to click a selfie. Researchers have studied selfies for understanding the psychology of the authors, and understanding its effect on social media platforms. In this work, we perform a comprehensive analysis of the selfie-related casualties and infer various reasons behind these deaths. We use inferences from incidents and from our understanding of the features, we create a system to make people more aware of the dangerous situations in which these selfies are taken. We define a selfie-related casualty as a death of an individual or a group of people that could have been avoided had the individual(s) not been taking a selfie.

Our comprehensive report on the study performed on selfie deaths can be found here.

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We have curated our dataset for selfie deaths around the world till October 1st, 2016. Should you need to download and analyse the data for selfie deaths by yourself, you can request it here.

Explore our Analysis

An indepth analysis of the various selfie death incidents has been performed by us. You can view it here.

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@techreport{lamba:analyzing_killfie_deaths,
author = {Hemank Lamba and Varun Bharadhwaj and Mayank Vachher and Divyansh Agarwal and Megha Arora and Ponnurangam Kumaraguru},
institution = {IIIT-Delhi},
title = {Me, Myself and My Killfie: Characterizing and Preventing Selfie Deaths},
url = {https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.01911v2.pdf },
year = {2016}
}


Team Members
Hemank Lamba, Ph.D. scholar, CMU
Varun Bharadhwaj, Undergrad Student, NIT Tiruchirappalli
Mayank Vachher, Undergrad Student, IIIT-D
Divyansh Agarwal, Research Associate, IIIT-D
Megha Arora, MS CS Student, CMU
Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru ("PK")



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