Monday, March 03, 2008

A Blog Entry a Day Keeps the Men in the White Coats Away

A new study has shown regular blogging can be beneficial for one's social life. The study, undertaken by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne suggested that "after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who did not blog". One of the suggestions was that people making comments on your blog affirmed your sense of community (pity if no-one comments on your blog) and that blogging was a good way to effectively vent.

Of course, there's always small print when it comes to a study like this. Professor Susan Moore make this rather sobering observation:

"We found potential bloggers were less satisfied with their friendships and they felt less socially integrated, they didn't feel as much part of a community as the people who weren't interested in blogging."

In short, if you're blogging in the first place, it's probably because you're pretty screwed up - which I dare say explains fairly accurately about ninety-five percent of the blogosphere. And if you had any type of a social life, chances are you'd be out with your friends of a Friday night, instead of blogging about the phenomenon of blogging while digging deeper and deeper into that packet of chips you really shouldn't be eating. But if you reached that stage, then it's probably better that you keep on blogging for the time being.

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