In the near term, letting off anger online may seem cathartic for the author. However, according to specialists, raving can have long-term health effects for both the ranter and the reader. When we're chatting to a buddy in person or on the phone, ranting can be beneficial to our health. But when we put words onto the Internet, we risk harming ourselves by releasing pent-up emotions in a way that could cause other people trouble or even damage their brains.
According to studies conducted at Stanford University, online ranting is just as bad for your physical health as smoking or drinking too much alcohol. Psychologist John Drago from Stanford's School of Medicine has also noted that blogging for more than three hours a day is associated with the development of clinical depression.
Even if you're not diagnosed with depression, chronic exposure to negative information can lead to anxiety or stress. This could affect your heart health - research published in 2004 proved that those who blog for 100 hours or more per month are more likely to die before their time due to cardiovascular disease.
Finally, writing negative things about others requires effort. Energy that could otherwise be used exercising or seeing friends will have to be spent arguing back against someone on the Internet. That means that instead of improving our mental or physical fitness, we're actually doing ourselves harm.
Overall, ranting online is not healthy.
An outburst on social media may seem fantastic at the time, but scientists believe these rants have long-term health effects for both the writer and the reader. Bennett feels that internet rants are never a good thing. "If you post something on Facebook or Twitter, even if you delete it, it's there for other people to see," he says.
He goes on to say, "It's like putting something up on a billboard - even if you take it down, it still affects those around you." The same principle applies to bloggers - they know that every word they write is read by many others, so they tend to be more careful with what they say. But as with billboards, one comment could affect how others feel about you.
So yes, it is absolutely acceptable to rant online as well as in person. As long as you don't do it too often or for too long, I don't think anyone will have any problems with you getting your feelings off your chest.
It might be harmful to your health. Rants on social media are a great way to let off steam. It's a site where individuals may communicate their repressed emotions in the hopes of feeling emotionally and psychologically free afterwards. People feel considerably more free to express themselves online, according to "psychotherapist Shoshana Bennett, PhD," according to Healthline. They don't want to offend others or see comments about them.
Communicating our feelings online allows us to release tension and create emotional distance from those we're arguing with. This is a good thing because it helps us deal with problems when they arise instead of holding them inside.
However, if you let your anger get the best of you, it could actually be damaging to your physical health. Research published in the journal Social Science & Medicine found that people who use social networking sites like Twitter to express their opinions often do so by ranting and insulting others.
In fact, studies show that reading other people's angry tweets can cause heart disease. This is because anger is a powerful emotion that comes with a lot of stress hormones which can increase the risk of heart disease.
So, by posting an angry tweet, you could be putting yourself at risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
It's important to note that this study only looked at how reading other people's angry tweets affects those who read them.