Link To Scrolly Map

The map and story can be found here.

The map is not optimised for mobile phone viewing, and is best viewed on a computer.

This map is evolving as new cases arises. It includes cases of reported misadventure in the natural environment which lead to death or injury and are attributed to taking selfies or social media-related activity. There is a particular focus on those cases in Australia, at aquatic locations. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list or database of every selfie-related event in the world. Nevertheless, it provides a geographical snapshot and highlights the scale of the issue, globally and in Australia. Of note, the media may report that a case was social media-related when in fact it isn’t, and vice versa. This is a challenging aspect of this kind of research.

For more information on this problem, please see my review article ‘Selfie-Related Incidents: Narrative Review and Media Content Analysis’

Project Description

Project Data Sources

  1. News sites
  2. Peer reviewed literature


I am interested in mapping selfie and social media-related incidents in Australia.

What it does

This project is an interactive visualisation that updates with every user scroll. It leverages the power of the scrollama library (JavaScript) and the MapBox API, with data pulled from news reports.

Who built it

Samuel Cornell built this map and visualisation. This map and site is based on the work completed by Connor Rothschild and Denizhan-Yigitbas who created their project to map homicides in Houston.


Cornell S, Brander R, Peden A. Selfie-Related Incidents: Narrative Review and Media Content Analysis. J Med Internet Res 2023;25:e47202 doi: 10.2196/47202

Bansal, Agam1,; Garg, Chandan2; Pakhare, Abhijith1; Gupta, Samiksha1. Selfies: A boon or bane?. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care 7(4):p 828-831, Jul–Aug 2018. DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_109_18

Mohit J. Jain & Kinjal J. Mavani (2017) A comprehensive study of worldwide selfie-related accidental mortality: a growing problem of the modern society, International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 24:4, 544-549, DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2016.1278240

Cornell, S., Brander, R.W. and Peden, A.E. (2023), Preventing selfie-related incidents: Taking a public health approach to reduce unnecessary burden on emergency medicine services. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 35: 691-693.

Manuel Linares, Laura Santos, Joaquín Santos, Cristina Juesas, Miguel Górgolas, José-Manuel Ramos-Rincón, Selfie-related deaths using web epidemiological intelligence tool (2008–2021): a cross-sectional study, Journal of Travel Medicine, Volume 29, Issue 5, July 2022, taab170,