Those who experience a terrorist attack firsthand are prone to suffer from acute stress. That much is obvious. But does living that experience repeatedly through the media’s coverage of the event cause even more stress? This is the question Roxane Cohen Silver of the University of California Irvine has asked in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. And the answer seems to be that those who followed media coverage for long enough did indeed have a greater chance of suffering from symptoms of high acute stress—sometimes even more than those who were present at the site.
The April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing was perhaps the largest domestic terrorist attack since September 2001. And the changed nature of traditional media and the introduction of social media presented an opportunity for researchers to understand how people cope depending on their exposure to the event.
Full piece @ Ars Technica