New research from the UK posits that viewing violent news events via social media can cause people to experience symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The University of Bradford’s Dr. Pam Ramsden presented her finding at the annual conference of the British Psychology Society.

Researchers had 189 participants complete a clinical assessment for PTSD, a personality questionnaire, a vicarious trauma assessment and a questionnaire concerning different violent news events on social media or the internet. The mean age of the participants was 37 years old with an almost even gender split.

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