Facebook 'Rage' May Make You Angrier

Submitted Tue, 03/26/2013 - 6:33am by BossFrog



Expressing your anger is not always good for you! According to new research published online in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, venting your aggression online can actually make you even angrier. The research shows that while web-surfers who regularly leave aggressive or negative comments on websites felt more relaxed after posting, overall they tend to experience more anger and frustration. Plus, the study also found that both reading other people’s rants and writing your own are associated with negative mood shifts. Lead author of the study, Ryan Martin, said the combination of being anonymous by using a screen name and having “social distance” reduces an individual's sense of restraint or caution when it comes to releasing their anger. He said this type of approach is not healthy and reinforces harmful behavior.