A new study published in the British Medical Journal has observed a number of soap operas on TV and radio and came to the conclusion that characters are more likely to suffer from untimely deaths though the overall mortality rate is a bit on the lower side compared to real life.
A freelance medical and science writer Rob Stepney observed soap operas on TV and radio for the last 20 years and found that a large portion of deaths in the fictional world are due to accident or self inflicted injuries. Stepney said that the rate is seven times higher than the national average in Britain.
AdvertisementIn his report, Stepney said, "The epidemiological features that seem to stand out as dramatically different from the norm are the high proportion of deaths due to accidental or self inflicted injury, which is sevenfold greater than that expected on the basis of national data, and the poor survival after myocardial infarction."
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