Expressing anger on online rant-sites make you feel worse
March 12, 2013
Little is known about the value and emotional consequences of expressing anger on the Internet. Rant-sites provide an outlet for anonymous, angry outbursts.
How people feel after reading and writing rants and the effects of this behavior is explored in an article in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
One study assessed whether individuals felt calmer or angrier after ranting on an Internet site, and whether people who frequent rant-sites are more likely to have problems related to anger. The second study evaluated how people reacted emotionally to reading and writing rants online—whether they became more or less happy or angry.
“The two studies seem to indicate that both reading and writing on rant-sites tend to be unhealthy practices,” says Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, from the Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, CA. “It will be interesting to explore in future studies if this finding extends to other social networking sites as well.”
Results show that both reading and contributing to such sites lead people to feel angrier following a online rant. What’s more, people who frequent rant-related sites seem to be more likely to have anger issues.
- Ryan C. Martin, Kelsey Ryan Coyier, Leah M. VanSistine, Kelly L. Schroeder. Anger on the Internet: The Perceived Value of Rant-Sites. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 2013; 16 (2): 119 DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0130