dream beaches, Ayurveda, elephants – Sri Lanka’s charm attracts tourists. Including a 35-year-old German, who visited a few weeks ago, the Horton Plains national Park in the Central highlands of the island state. At a more-than-1000-Meter-high cliff, the “World’s is called the End”, she wanted to make a Selfie – and crashed to his death.

The travel guide “Lonely Planet” has declared Sri Lanka as the Top travel destination in 2019. Great news for the country in the Indian ocean, can use nine years after the end of a decades-long civil war, the income from tourism is good, but no messages about deadly Selfies of visitors.

With their preference to take a photograph of yourself in front of beautiful Backdrops, tourists are rarely in danger in Sri Lanka, for example, on the rail routes through the jungle of the interior. “The number of foreigners, the rise from moving trains on the running Board to take Selfies,” says the security chief of the Sri Lanka railway company, Anura Premaratna. “Our conductors have to tell them constantly that they should stay in the car.”

this year, there has been according to him, already 450 deaths on the Railways of Sri Lanka – how many passed at Selfies, is not statistically recorded. A last year, decided to pick a ban on train tracks will not yet enforced.

India has the most Selfie-dead

The large neighbor India, but it is by far the country with the most Selfie-dead, as studies have shown. Researchers from the Indian University hospital chain, AIIMS reported, for example, a few months ago, there have been between October 2011 and November 2017 worldwide 259 deaths during the self-photograph – about half of them in India. In 2016, a study by the Institute for information technology (IIT) in Delhi and the US Carnegie Mellon University came to similar results: by far the consequences, therefore, behind India, countries like Pakistan, Russia and the U.S.

One reason for the high Numbers, India’s population may be a population of 1.3 billion people. Clearly the Self is common to take photographs on the subcontinent, but also more than in some other corners of the world. People with a stretched out Arm, and self-directed mobile phone you can see in Indian towns and cities everywhere.

A phenomenon, arguably the most India-know visitors, it is that Indians go on to foreigners, with them taking Selfies – sometimes without asking. A young Couple from Switzerland, was beaten last year in the tourist town of Fatehpur Sikri, a group of Indian young evils – according to Reports, because they had rejected a joint Selfie.

a tourist guide to tell, you would have to protect the tourists, in the meantime, before the aggressive Selfie requests. Photos – preferably with young, white women – with the ID of #selfie with foreigner (Selfie with a foreigner) among Indians in social media. Ponnurangam Kumara guru , an IT Professor and an expert on social media at the IIT, the Selfie craze to the fact that many Indians have only recently access to Internet-enabled mobile phones. In addition, two-thirds of the population are younger than 35 years – and the tendency of young Indians to self-representation games a part.

travel photos in social media, “Instagram is ruining these places”

The studies suggest that it is mainly young men, risky Selfies – some on cliffs, on the roofs of high buildings or on the edge of the waters. Drowning is therefore a frequent cause of death. In Mumbai and in Goa, there are now places where Selfies are banned. A new bridge in Delhi to a corner for Selfies is to be set up after people leaned out of cars and on the bridge climbed to shoot very good photos.

The “No-Selfie Zones” in Mumbai and Goa have shown little effect, especially as they are not signposted, says Kumara guru, and assumes to have a better solution: Together with colleagues, he has developed an App called Saftie, which contains a database of around 7000 places in the world where it is dangerous to take a Selfie. In addition, the App can recognize by the phone camera, whether you are at the Selfie-shooting the edge of a cliff or body of water near you.

Still Saftie doesn’t have very many users. Kumara guru, but hopes that Internet companies like Google or Snapchat to integrate the technology into their applications. “It’s about saving lives,” he says.

Nick Kaiser, Reuters

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