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Online rants: are you an angry bird?

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Are you impulsive on social media? Are you eager to share, retweet, like or comment? And when you do, do you rant?

You are not alone…

When using social media – some more than others – you find it normal for people to “vent out”. Social distance and some levels of anonymity seem to make it easier for people to express their anger or insult people, in ways that many of us would think inappropriate to do personally.

Also, anger seems to be more influential than joy and to spread quickly on the internet. This indicates that angry tweets, for example, could spread faster and broadly than happy ones (except maybe when there are kitties involved).

Do you feel better after venting?

Well, you probably do. According to two interesting studies, people feel calmer and relaxed after ranting. But the longer term effects seem to be different! Expressing anger in the internet through offensive or aggressive comments seems to bring more anger and frustrations to the people who do it.

And after reading them?

According to the same studies above: less happy and angrier.

Break the circle

So, if anger is infectious and does not have positive long term effects, is there a way to break the cicle?

On the next post, we will focus on how to manage angry comments online. Any advices from you?

 

 Photo: “Angry Birds” by Sarit via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution

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