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Columbus psychologist says media can help ease viewers' fears after tragedy

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With the recent Asiana Airlines crash, there have been multiple reports of people canceling their trip to avoid traveling on plane.

Even though learning of airplane crashes can scare some people, some psychologists say the media can play a huge role in helping bring peace to many viewers.  

"Media plays a huge role because it's sensationalized, and 95 percent of people survive plane crashes," says Mark Strunk, a psychologist in the Columbus area. "The likelihood of dying in a plane crash is one in 14 million."

Strunk says statistics like this can be helpful, because it gives viewers perspective, and that's what people need. People need to know while watching the tragedy that the likelihood of it happening to them is very small.

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