If you are one of those people who invest a lot of negative emotions into your social media interactions, you better listen up. Negative emotions like hostility, aggression, hate, which cause you to use lots of swear words, rage, rant and call people names, may also increase your stress levels and chances of getting a disease.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in the US sifted through 826 million tweets from over 1,300 countries, and they found out that the people using a lot of negative statements were more likely to have physical health related problems.
Still don’t get it? Let’s break it down:
Prolonged levels of stress cause the body to release a hormone called cortisol, which is released by the adrenal gland in response to fear and anxiety. Elevated levels of cortisol in the body will cause lower immune system functions, thus allowing all manner of diseases to creep in.
Think about it, most of us spend long hours everyday on social media, most times having fun and sometimes getting into controversies, arguments and ‘tweet fights’. Hard to look the other way when folks keep getting on your nerves just because they can hide behind a keyboard. Right?
Researchers are now advising that you ignore issues that will raise your stress levels. This advice goes out to both recipients of hate and those tempted to cuss someone out.
No one is safe!