Terror can have a variety affects on a society from psychologically damaging it’s citizens to creating economic failures and causing increased government regulations. All of these factors make up and decide the overall social impact that a terrorist attack can have on a population and enables us to determine the significance of that impact. For example, on September 11, 2001 when an Islamic extremist group hijacked 2 American airplanes and crashed them into the twin towers, the entire nation felt the effects of this tragic event. Yet as tragic as it was the nation did not buckle to its pressure and instead a renewed sense of patriotism and unity swept the U.S. only strengthening its infrastructure. This proves to illustrate that although terror attacks may be devastating the social outcome does not always mirror the event.
However, aside from the increased patriotism to the country, negative social impacts did indeed occur as one can imagine. The negative stereotypes and discrimination towards those belonging to a Muslim background can still be felt today. Thus this enables us to understand that attacks of terror to a country, specifically to the U.S., can have positive and negative effects that may be implicit and unexpected and last for either a short or prolonged period of time.