What Are Rage Rooms? Are They Really Helpful?

Last Update on March 8, 2023 : Published on March 8, 2023
What Are Rage Rooms

Anger is a prevalent emotion that we all have experienced. The intensity of our anger decides how much of an effect it will have on our mental well-being. Different people have different rage responses.

Some of us suppress our anger, some have anger outbursts, some throw anger tantrums, some use anger management strategies to manage their anger, and so on. There are various ways people dispose of anger and many people are turning to rage rooms lately.

Have you heard of escape rooms? Escape rooms are special rooms designed that involve a lot of problems and riddles that you need to solve to escape from the room. Escape rooms are said to increase your problem-solving skills and boost creativity.

Just like escape rooms, rage rooms or anger rooms have recently gained popularity. Rage rooms are said to help people vent their anger but are this destructive manner of venting out anger really helpful?

Let’s Find out…

What Are Rage Rooms?

Rage Rooms

Rage rooms or anger rooms are specially designed rooms that provide an opportunity to be destructive to dispose of anger. These rooms are supposed to be destroyed by anger-filled people to ease themselves.

Rage rooms are full of breakable objects placed in the room. An angry person can destroy these objects guilt-free and without having to clean up the mess afterward. It does sound tempting, right? But does it solve the problem?

The Wrecking Club in New York, The Break Room in Atlanta, and The Anger Room in Los Angeles are some clubs that offer people the opportunity to break things into pieces. Many other places are using this strategy to get popularity but the consequences of such anger disposal strategies are questionable.

Are Rage Rooms Healthy?

Have you read the catharsis theory about anger? Well, it says that venting your anger can decrease aggression in an individual. However, this theory has always been opposed by contradicting theories that state that being aggressive doesn’t reduce anger but instead makes more space for it.

Anger rooms or rage rooms have become very popular these days. Haven’t you seen those plate-smashing videos that so many people are uploading on social media? Many clubs and restaurants have added a rage section because of people hoping for this concept without really gaining knowledge about it.

The evidence that proves whether rage rooms are healthy or not is still not very clear. Researchers are still battling between the two contradicting theories about aggression and anger disposal.

However, many claim rage rooms can be beneficial for those people who just want to let off steam. But, isn’t working out or exercising a better way to let the steam off? Rage rooms might sound intriguing and are trending for sure but they are not as healthy as we expect them to be.

How Profitable Are Rage Rooms?

Are Rage Rooms

The whole concept of a rage room is fairly new therefore to say you will gain something out of it is a bit too early. When we look at the Studies and Research from the past, rage rooms might be profitable but only on a short-term basis.

There is no guarantee that this way of anger disposal will have long-term benefits or not. Research studying the effect of aggressive anger disposal activities on people who have just been insulted showed that people who engaged in aggressive anger disposal were left feeling angrier than those who did not participate in any aggressive act.

In my understanding, some healthy anger management strategies are a better option than using a rage room. You can use the rage rooms for recreational purposes but only as a coping strategy.

Click here to learn some healthy anger management strategies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are rage rooms real?

Yes, rage rooms are a real thing. There are a lot of clubs that have their rage rooms or anger rooms where patrons can be as destructive as they want without feeling guilty. Rage rooms have recently gained popularity but the first rage room opened in Japan around 2008.

  1. Who invented the rage rooms?

Donna Alexander from the United States is known as the pioneer in introducing the concept of anger rooms. Today there are more than 60 rage rooms in the U.S. alone. Various countries like Serbia, Argentina, United Kingdoms, etc, have also invested a huge amount in building rage rooms.

  1. What are the rage room benefits?

Well, according to research the benefits of rage rooms are questionable. However, it can serve as an activity you do for recreational purposes but as per the current argument, it doesn’t act as an anger management strategy.

That’s All Folks!

I hope you found this blog about rage rooms interesting, helpful, and thought-provoking. I leave it to you to decide whether or not to use the rage room to deal with your anger. However, choosing healthier anger management techniques than are long-lasting could be a better choice.

Thanks for reading.

Take care and stay safe.

About The Author

Kirti Bhati

I am an English literature (major) and psychology (minor) graduate from St. Bede’s College, Shimla. Postgraduate in Clinical psychology from IIS University, Jaipur. She has published a Research paper on Music therapy in the military population and Workplace stress in a national seminar conducted by Fortis hospital (gurugram) and international seminar conducted by St. Bede’s College, Shimla, Respectively. Authored a dissertation work on ‘effect of social media addiction on the mental and physical well-being in adolescents’ Currently working at calm sage as a writer.

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