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Reading, Writing, Ranting Online Could Be a Web of Rage

While immediate calm may follow a posting, visitors experience more negative shifts in mood

MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Reading and writing on rant websites seems to be an unhealthy practice, according to a study published Feb. 20 in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Ryan C. Martin, Ph.D., from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and colleagues surveyed rant-site visitors to better understand the perceived value of the websites and the emotional impact of reading and writing rants.

The researchers found that while visitors became relaxed immediately after posting, they also experienced more anger than most and expressed their anger in maladaptive ways. Additionally, for most participants, reading and writing rants were associated with negative shifts in mood.

"[R]eading and writing online rants are likely unhealthy practices as those who do them often are angrier and have more maladaptive expressions styles than others," the authors write.

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