Effect of Online Rants: Good or Bad?

    Initially, an outburst on online social platforms might feel good. However, what happens when the initiator receives hate, criticism, and intense backlash from others? Experts say that these can have long-term impacts on mental, emotional, and physical health. It doesn’t matter whether you are in opposition to a governmental decision or hyped up about some protest happening at the other corner of the world.

    The internet has transformed us into one small community where everything is everyone’s business. Let’s say something is happening in Beirut or in Antarctica. Everyone will know and hand in their opinions. This is how hate is born out of disagreements. Consequently, social media and other online platforms get invaded with rants. People feel much freer and safer to leash out behind their screens. In the worst cases, things can turn nasty and turn into cyber-bullying, taking a serious toll on one’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

    What is the solution, you may ask?

    Well, it is really simple: Go incognito and remain anonymous while ranting your heart out. 

    Anonymity: No Accountability

    For critics, the problem with anonymity is not the content. It is the absence of accountability. They have no one to point at and blame-shift. If someone can’t be held accountable, then knowing their name is equally fruitless. 

    If you know someone who is completely anonymous but goes to online platforms and rants about issues that bug them. Then they are completely accountable; you might call them John Doe. History is filled with bandits who gathered reputations without ever revealing their real identities.

    You can find online platforms where people get together and rant about whatever bugs them without the fear of getting judged. Ranting can be good for health if you find the best source to do so. If you are lucky enough, you will meet like-minded people and have rational conversations.