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New research shows the social benefits of blogging

13 March, 2008
By Allison Orr

According to new research by Swinburn researchers James Baker and Professor Susan Moore, blogging helps you feel less isolated and more satisfied with your friendships.

The research compares the mental health of people who use social networking sites who plan to blog with those who don’t plan to blog.  Baker randomly surveyed MySpace users in Australia, the UK and the US in 2006, with 134 users completing the questionnaire.

After two months, the group was surveyed again.  Those who had kept a blog felt more socially connected and were more satisfied with their social support and friendships than those who didn’t.

Says Baker: "Keeping a blog is a bit like writing a diary. It helps people vent their emotions, talk about their feelings and problems. The difference is that while a diary is private, blogging invites feedback from others."

The research, "Distress, Coping and Blogging: Comparing New Myspace Users by Their Intention to Blog", has been published in the journal CyberPsychology and Behaviour

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