Gregoire, Carolyn. “Blogging May Have Positive Psychological Effects For Teens.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 05 Jan. 2012. Web. 07 Oct. 2014.
According to an article on The Huffington Post, a new study by the American Psychological Association recently found that blogging may have psychological benefits for teens. 161 high school students from Israel were surveyed after spending 10 weeks conducting a blogging experiment. Researches found that the teens who blogged regularly experienced greater improvements in numerous categories relating back to mental well-being. The most improvement was observed when the bloggers talked specifically about their social difficulties.
I like this study because the co-author discusses blogging verses general networking and the impact it has on the kids who do it. While social networking can sometimes lead to cyberbullying, blogging generally results in positive and supportive comments from readers. This type of feedback can build self-esteem and general life satisfaction. A study like one reinforces the idea that it’s beneficial for people to blog, especially about topics that might be bogging down your mind. It’s like a form of venting where you can get support from readers who may relate to your problems.