Internet outrage often says more about the commenter than the cause, and its deployment may do more harm than good, to the instigator and the issue.
In another 2013 study, Professor Martin determined that people susceptible to Internet rage are also angrier than the general population, a finding that should come as little shock. “They expressed their anger less healthily, in maladaptive ways,” he said. “They would either yell and scream or suppress it, but very few had any adaptive coping strategies. People who rant online in any way tend to get into more physical and verbal altercations.”