According to Roxane Cohen Silver’s research, people who witnessed the Boston Marathon Bombing, and people who had someone close to them witness the event showed nearly equal amount of acute stress symptoms compared to people who were exposed to the event only through the media.
People who were exposed to bombing related coverages more than six daily hours were nine times more likely to show symptoms of high acute stress. But on the other hand Andrew Smith criticizes this research by listing its flaws. He says that this research is not causal, “People who suffered from acute stress might have been using media coverage as a way of coping experience”, and that this study lacks a control group.
Although debatable, it is interesting to see that media might not be a free zone for stress and may not be the once-upon-a-time raved source of innocent relaxation.