Road rage and Twitter rage have a lot in common?
According to Clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Sherry says they both involve feeling distanced from the person you’re lashing out at – and having an immediate outlet for your hostility. Put those two together and it encourages people to become more aggressive!
So just like normally calm people can lash out when they’re behind the wheel, ordinary people can become uncharacteristically mean on social media. Dr. Sherry says heavy users of social media are the least likely to feel empathy or compassion towards others – and have less patience. We’re also significantly quicker to judge others online – and we’re more reactive on social media when it comes to anger than we are in real life. However, most people also REGRET losing their temper online after an angry outburst. So Dr. Richard Sherry says, always pause before you post!