Road Rage: Honking at a car in front of you. You give ’em the one-fingered salute and call them names that would only be allowed on television during safe harbor. The car comes to a stop, the opposing driver tilts out their car – boasting physical stats twice of your own. Next thing you know, you’re having a curbside root canal.
Online Rage: You exchange not-so-pleasantries online. You send a private message and advise them in which of their body cavities they can send their posts. Then in instant cowardice, block them.The opposing user is a social networking juggernaut. Your livelihood is in social media. They publicly speak out against you online. Eventually no one wants to come near anything you post. Your online career is over.
The difference between the two is that the latter happens a lot more often because people are often more courageous when hiding behind a monitor. However the repercussions of that scenario can be much worse compared to mouthing off behind the wheel. It’s easier to pay a bunch of medical bills than to look for a new job.
Calming that rage online can be handled similarly to your actions made to prevent physical confrontation. Take a few deep breathes. Remove yourself from the situation. Take some time off before coming back to that warm glow of the monitor.
Doing so helped me today. It also helps to have an awesome daughter to hug.
- Road rage: your car insurance rights (confused.com)
- Do you have rage in your life? (theangelzone.wordpress.com)
- Road Rage, Animation Imagines What Might Happen To Honking Driver (laughingsquid.com)
- Consumption of Rage (mybookonlife.wordpress.com)