Movies that portray the end of the world or post-apocalyptic scenarios – known as ‘prepper’ films – have helped viewers deal with the coronavirus pandemic, a study claims. Psychologists have found that people who have been watching movies depicting social chaos and the collapse of global order are better prepared for the virus. Fans of ‘prepper’ genres, including alien-invasion, apocalyptic, and zombie films, exhibited higher levels of resilience and preparedness in experiments. Those people who had been watching horror films in the last few months also showed greater psychological resilience to the viral pandemic. The researchers say an exposure to frightening fiction allows audiences to practice coping strategies that can be beneficial in real-world situations. Viewers ‘learn vicariously’ and are ‘unintentionally rehearing the scenarios’ when watching films like Contagion and 28 Days Later, and TV shows like The Walking Dead. Cillian Murphy in a scene from 28 Days Later, a zombie apocalypse movie from 2002. Fans of pandemic and other types of disaster films can practice effective coping strategies that can be beneficial in real-world situations RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The house always wins: Gamblers place another bet quicker… Video game addiction is REAL with one in 10 teenage… Read full this story
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