Startling statistic: More selfie deaths than shark-related deaths in 2015

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DENVER -- In the digital world, selfies play an important role. According to Google, millions of selfies are taken each day. Depending on the studies, a majority of those selfies are taken by women.

FeelUnique.com reports young women spend about 48 minutes a day taking selfies.

“I have an album for selfies,” said Martha Moncada, a student at East High School in Denver. “I have 2,626 (selfies).”

What’s even more surprising is a recent statistic from Mashable showing there were more selfie-related deaths in 2015 than shark-related deaths.

“I guess it kind of blinds us that we’re putting ourselves in danger,” said Samuel Jay, a professor of communications, arts and sciences at Metro State University of Denver.

Jay has done plenty of research into digital media and the way we, as humans, use it. He believes people spend too much time focusing on their looks when taking a selfie that they’re blinded to what’s going on around them.

“It becomes a way of documenting what you’re doing on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour, second-by-second basis,” he said.

It’s gotten to the point where places like Mumbai have imposed "no-selfie zones" after recent deaths in India linked to selfie taking.

Also, New York became the first state to outlaw taking selfies with tigers.

In Colorado, parks and wildlife experts urged people to not take selfies with elk last fall after a number of incidents where the animals got frustrated.

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