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Blogging Helps Calm Teens' Social and Emotional Distress

By January 16, 2012

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Blogging Helps Calm Teens Social and Emotional Distress
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A study published online in the journal Psychological Services states 'Blogging may have psychological benefits for teens suffering from social anxiety, improving their self-esteem and helping them relate better to their friends'. The study was conducted on a total of 161 students -124 girls and 37 boys, with an average age of 15. They were selected because their scores on the survey showed they all had some level of social anxiety or distress. All the teens reported difficulty making friends or relating to the friends they had. After blogging at least twice a week for 10 weeks, self-esteem, social anxiety, emotional distress and the number of positive social behaviors improved significantly for the bloggers when compared to the teens who did nothing and those who wrote private diaries.

I can see this as it is easier to connect to people online and if you are able to avoid the negative - like cyberbullies. There is a lot to be gained in confidence levels by the positives of social networking. I'm glad the study was done and I'm hoping to see more like them.

Asking our parenting teens community: What did you think of the study? Does your teen blog? Do you feel they are happier and more connected to their peers because of it? Please share in the comments area.

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Comments
January 18, 2012 at 9:27 am
(1) Dani says:

Although perhaps sometimes too much time is spent texting/blogging, it tends to keep my children happily connected without holding up the telephone time. There seems to be less urgency to be out on the streets. I still encourage some face-to-face and phone conversations to avoid any misinterpretation in communicating and simply hearing a friend’s voice.

January 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm
(2) Lori says:

How can you get a teenager interested in starting a blog?

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