Saying the wrong thing on social media can kill you.

August 5, 2017 Mark

Expressing anger online? Beware of Heart Disease

The problem

We have all at some point felt really angry and possibly felt the need to vent on social media. Whether it's on Twitter, Facebook or some other social platform, it is hard to miss the anger some people have expressed. However research shows that expressing anger on social media platforms is a significant factor for the risk of heart disease. The reverse is also true, that expressing positive emotions has a protective factor.

The Research

The full article can be found on the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and is worth reading as it shows that a model based on Twitter language predicted death from atherosclerotic heart disease (AHD) better than a model based on demographic, socioeconomic, and health risks, including smoking, hypertension and diabetes.

Eichstaedt, J. C., Schwartz, H. A., Kern, M. L., Park, G., Labarthe, D. R., Merchant, R. M., … Seligman, M. E. P. (2015). Psychological Language on Twitter Predicts County-Level Heart Disease Mortality. Psychological Science, 26(2), 159–169. http://doi.org/10.1177/0956797614557867

The Solution

The best way to avoid posting negative emotions and post more positively, would be to feel more positive. That's all very well, but how does a person feel more positive, especially when weighed down by stress and worry. Luckily there are many different approaches people can use, including meditation, self-hypnosis, mindfulness, avoiding negative people and situations, coaching, taking more rest and relaxation, or just being better to yourself. Many people, who care about their health, seek help with stress or anger from either friends, family or a professional organisation like Resolution.Direct. It might just take one session to completely change your life, or possibly save your life. If you have stress or anger, talk to someone about it.