In a survey, researchers from the University of Bradford participated 189 volunteers. The subjects filled out the questionnaire and shared with psychologists their news feeds in social networks. Take into account the frequency of negative events: murders, terrorist attacks, shootings, says Psych Central.
22% of the volunteers experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after viewing these messages. Note that, in life, people with this disorder are not encountered. A negative influence was rendered by in-depth articles about the crimes, pictures and videos from the scene. Greater risk was subjected to extroverts.
The psychologists conclude: it is human nature to carry on the tragic events and the pain of others. Scientists call the phenomenon of vicarious traumatization and warn susceptible individuals from the terrible news and unpleasant events.