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Viewing news of trauma worse than experiencing it: Study

Published on Dec 10, 2013 5:57 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - After the Boston marathon bombings, people who spent six hours a day scouring media for updates were more traumatised than those who were actually there, a United States (US) study suggested on Monday.

The study raised questions about the psychological impact of repeated exposure to violence via digital and traditional media in the first major terror attack on US soil since Sept 11, 2001.

The findings were based on a survey of 4,675 US adults taken shortly after the deadly April 15 attacks and the frenzied five-day manhunt in which one suspect was killed and his brother was arrested.

The brothers set of homemade pressure cooker bombs at the race's finish line, killing three people and wounding 260, some of whom had limbs blown off by the force of the blasts.

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