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As far as I’m concerned this is a load of crap!
Blogging can help you feel less isolated, more connected to a community and more satisfied with your friendships, both online and face-to-face, new research has found.
The research, from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who didn’t blog.
Researchers James Baker and Susan Moore have written two papers investigating the psychological benefits of blogging and regularly updating personal Web pages with information that invites others to comment.
Since the majority of comments I get are negative and since I recently was told that I supported genocide, was “content to hold the coats of those who wish to stoned” and emulated Ann Coulter (that one hurt the most :-), I’m not exactly feeling the love, people.
BTW, this may account for why the bloggers felt such a sense of community:
This study, which is yet to be published, was conducted two months later. The researchers sent out questionnaires to the same group of MySpace users; this time 59 responded. Bloggers reported a greater sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people and feeling more confident they could rely on others for help.
MySpace is a different environment from your typical political/current events/technology/Reformed blog.
And also, I really don’t think blogging has been good for my health, I stay up to all hours of the night, I don’t get enough exercise, I’ve developed tendinitis in my arm, and I’m probably wreaking my eyesight starting at the screen all the time. Not to mention that it seems to have given me an impatience for reading anything longer than three pages 🙂 I find it almost impossible to sit and read theology now because I start getting bored after the third of fourth paragraph. I have to discipline myself to sit there and finish a section before I can put the book down. Usually after I get through a section I can continue but it’s really difficult to get started and to keep my attention focused.