People love to be scared. They go to haunted houses, ghost hunting trips, and watch scary movies just to get a thrill. I can remember being scared for like by the movie the 6th sense after sneaking in on my parents watching it. I have hated scary movies ever since. But can scary movies actually have effects on your health beyond just making you scared for a period of time?
According to Lifestyle Lounge, the long lasting affects of watching scary movies includes anxiety, sleepiness, fear, and phobias. Anxiety is a visible affect of watching horror movies and can even linger into adulthood. Regarding sleepiness, Lifestyle Lounge says, “An immediate psychological effect of scary movies on the minds of people is lack of sleep. The person may find an inability to sleep through the night for few days, even months after watching the movie. He/she may need to use a nightlight while sleeping. The thoughts of the horrifying characters appeared in the horror movie and the situations may haunt him/her, leading to sleepless nights. This condition last for a week to even a year.” The lack of sleep can affect your overall health and quality of life. The fear and phobias come from the playing of the scary movie in your head and makes you fearful of things relating to it and eventually can turn into a phobia if it is not caught in time.
In an article by Suite 101, it says that, “According to Glenn Sparks, a professor of communication at Purdue University, the physical reactions to horrifying images include sweaty palms, tense muscles, a drop of several degrees in skin temperature, a spike in blood pressure and an increase in heart rate of up to 15 beats per minute. Those are some pretty incredible changes considering you’re simply sitting still viewing images.”
All in all, if you can not handle watching scary movies without any of these side affects happening, you should not watch these types of movies. They can be bad for your health short term and bad for your psychological health long term.