Thursday, 7 May 2015

Viewing violent videos online can cause trauma

If you enjoy watching violent videos/events and reading sad stories, you need to pay attention to this.

A new survey has proof that watching online videos of violence and traumatic events can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. 

Lead author of the study, Dr Pam Ramsden from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bradford explained: 

"Social media has enabled violent stories and graphic images to be watched by the public in unedited horrific detail. Watching these events and feeling the anguish of those directly experiencing them may impact on our daily lives. In this study we wanted to see if people would experience longer lasting effects such as stress and anxiety, and in some cases post-traumatic stress disorders from viewing these images."

189 people participated in the survey in which they completed clinical assessments for PTSD. These included media reports on 9/11 Twin Tower attacks, school shootings and suicide bombings.

Results showed 22 per cent of the participants were significantly affected by viewing these media events, scoring high on the clinical measures of PTSD regardless of the fact that they were not physically present at the events and had no previous history of trauma.

The most affected appeared to be drawn to the images, watching them over and over again and "re-traumatising themselves".

The study  will be presented today, Thursday 7 May 2015, at the Annual Conference of the British Psychology Society being held in Liverpool.

Will this knowledge stop you from viewing and enjoying violent and horrific videos?

I think No.. must of us love it too much. What say you? 

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