Recently, dozens of people in India were killed by lightning in one day, and more than a dozen of them were killed when taking self photos with mobile phones in a scenic spot. With the rise of mobile Internet social platform, Indians like to show their selfie photos on social platform. It can be said that selfie hairpin has become an important part of daily life of many Indians, and tragicomedes accompanied by this hobby are also frequently staged.


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The world's first self portrait fatality rate


India ranks first in the world in terms of fatality rate from accidents caused by mobile phone self portraits. Carnegie Mellon University and a research institution in New Delhi once conducted a research project on self portrait. According to statistics, the number of deaths caused by self portrait in India accounted for 60% of the global "self portrait deaths" in the same period of time. The death toll is nearly 10 times that of the second country, so that someone in India created a new word "killfie" on the Internet based on the word "selfie".



According to Indian media reports, 13% of self portraits uploaded by Internet users on social networking platforms in India were taken in dangerous environments, which partly explains why India's self portraits have the highest death rate in the world. According to statistics, the main victims of self portrait death in India are young people under 24 years old. The main causes of death include train collision, falling from height, drowning and so on. The fact that trains have become the chief "killers" of self portraits in India may have something to do with Indians' belief that taking photos with lovers or friends on the railway tracks can show romance and lasting friendship. Moreover, the speed of trains in India is relatively slow. Some young people who want to get more praise and forward their photos always want to be closer to the train when they take self photos, which can easily lead to tragedy.



In addition, the lack of protective measures in many tourist attractions is also one of the reasons for accidents. India pays more attention to the protection of cultural relics. The main facilities of places of interest such as the Taj Mahal are not equipped with guardrails to reduce the damage to buildings《 Global Times reporters have visited the Taj Mahal many times, which is the most popular place for tourists to take self portraits. The entrance to the Taj Mahal and the main mausoleum platform are four or five meters high from the ground. Seeing many tourists walking around the edge of the platform to choose a better angle for self portrait, the reporter felt that there were great security risks at that time. A few years ago, there was an incident in which tourists accidentally fell down while taking a self portrait of the Taj Mahal, resulting in serious head injury and death.



Premier takes the lead


Indians love to take self portraits, and the leading role of celebrities can not be underestimated, among which modi is the most famous. Love self portrait and love tweet have almost become modi's world-famous labels. During his last visit to China, his self portrait with Premier Li Keqiang in the temple of heaven attracted wide media attention, adding a lot of points to his trip to China. In order to call on the whole society of India to pay more attention to women and improve their status, modi also launched the initiative of "taking a selfie with his daughter" across the country, with many respondents. In addition, modi himself is also a Star chaser, and often tweets a group photo of himself with the star. Many movie stars, such as shaluk Khan and akexie Kumar, often take self portraits. Their self portraits have a strong influence on the fans. With this influence, stars often send relevant photos before the release of a new film, such as the self portraits of the leading men and women, to create momentum for the film. In recent years, some Indian films, such as "little Lori's monkey god uncle" and "honey, I swear to you", have also added some scenes of singing, dancing and self filming.



Indians are happy to show their own image. One phenomenon is very telling《 There are many Chinese and Indian friends in the circle of wechat friends of global times. According to a rough statistics, only about 10% of Chinese friends use self photos as wechat avatars, while 90% of Indian friends use self photos as avatars. Because they love to take selfies, many Indians pay more attention to the pixels of the front lens when they buy mobile phones. Some accessories related to selfie, such as selfie stick and power bank, are sold well in the Indian market. At the same time, some map revision and Meitu software are very popular on the Internet in India, with the highest download volume among popular apps.



Few tourists with SLR cameras and telephoto lenses are seen in major tourist attractions in India. Most of them use mobile phones to take photos of themselves. Even when they take scenery and group photos, they often use mobile phones《 Global Times reporters are often pulled by Indians in scenic spots to help them take group photos with their mobile phones. At first I wondered why I had such a high probability of being selected. Later I found out that it was because of an SLR camera hanging around my neck. In India, few people use SLR cameras except professional photographers. In recent years, the slogan of some Indian tourism companies has also been adjusted. For example, the slogan has been changed from "ten scenic spots that you must visit in your life" to "ten scenic spots that are worth taking pictures of yourself".


Setting up "no selfie zone" to ensure safety


In the mountains of the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya, there are many "living bridges" - bridges formed by local people using tree roots to coil around each other and then growing for many years. In recent years, these "living bridges" have become the favorite of tourists taking self portraits, but they are also damaged because of the excessive number of people taking self portraits on the bridge, which brings great security risks to tourists. To this end, the government designated these bridges as national natural heritage and reinforced the roots with concrete.



In order to prevent more self portrait deaths, India's Ministry of tourism requires States to set up "no self portrait zones" in dangerous areas of well-known scenic spots. For example, many "no self photographing zones" have been set up on the coast of Mumbai. When the rainy season comes, there will be spring tides on the coast of Mumbai. The sight of waves hitting the coast is very spectacular, which attracts many self photographing enthusiasts to take dangerous self photographing and causes casualties from time to time. Last year, a girl was swept away by the waves because of her selfie. In places and periods where people are particularly concentrated, "no self portrait zones" will also be set up. For example, during the big pot Festival, the government will set up "no self photographing area" in some places that are particularly congested by the river and bridges. Some preventive measures may not be effective. For example, in some rural areas where self portraits or lightning strikes have killed people, people take measures to cut down trees and build temples in the places where accidents occur.




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