Venting online just makes you angrier
With a world of instant communication at our fingertips, venting our anger online is easier than ever. But that doesn't mean it's good for us. Studies continue to show that venting does not relieve anger, but rather makes us angrier and more aggressive. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those who vent anonymously become even more infuriated.
In a 2002 study, Dr. Brad Bushman, a professor at The Ohio State University in Columbus, conducted one of these studies, asking 600 college students to write an essay about abortion. Each was paired with a researcher who they thought was a partner that held the opposite views. The researchers rated the students essays negatively. Then, the students were divided into three groups. One punched a punchbag while thinking about the person who graded the essay, another punched a punchbag while thinking about fitness, and a third did nothing. The control group felt the best afterward, having not "vented" while the "ruminating" group felt most angry and aggressive.
Dr. Bushman recommends activities like watching a non-violent movie or taking a walk after an angering experience. And don't forget to eat. “People who are hungry are cranky,” he says.