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Blogging for health

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Read about an israelic survey yesterday - blogging teenagers have better self-esteem and physical health than others.

Two groups of teenagers were told to blog about there social problems while two groups did not get any instructions about what to blog about. One group of each allowed comments, one did not. There were also control groups, one who kept a diary to themselves one who did not write at all.

The selfesteem raised with all bloggers compared to control groups - most success with the feeling about themselves was the teenagers that wrote openly about their emotional life and allowed comments. The majority of comments were supportive and sharing their own experience.

Just as spark people...

According to this research the problems with net-hate was not big enough to outdo the advantage of the self-esteem.
Conclusion - creating a safe environment with rules of conduct on the net will help our young ones to get through that emotional rollercoaster that is called teenage.

And for us oldies it is even easier since grownups have a better judgement on how to behave - well not everyone but in a place like sparkpeople the atmosphere is calm and supportive. Now and then I do wonder if I write too much about my "Inner life" maybe I feel too safe in this forum (I think that few swedes and especially none of the people I know find their way here, they can´t be bothered with the language barrier...) maybe I should keep it on a more neutral level - but that does not really interest me. I write for a living all day long I don´t have the need to exercise verbalization, I have the need to exchange ideas and experiences...

And I am really grateful for the comments I am getting.

The half-hour-cleaning project with the aca-friend is great so far - my house is really making progress as a clean place... Tonight I am going away for a week (writers course - hooray!) but I will suggest that I replace cleaning for 30 minutes with writing on that book I plan for 30 minutes during that week... or maybe exercise. Whatever to keep the challenge going, I do think that the friend feels good about it because his text0 messages seems very enthusiastic.

Daughter was in our play for the first time yesterday, performed well and was very happy about it.

Today I have a zillion things to do as I am going away for a week after the theatre this evening - I have to sew some nice thing for the birthday celebration in Stockholm I am going to next saturday, I hae to pack and arrange for the cat to be fed and the mail to be taken care of. Doggy is allready booked and will be going home from theatre with his former daycare lady...
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  • SILLYHP1953
    I'm so glad your blogs are like they are...wonderful. I bet your daughter was excited to be in the show, that is really cool.
    2711 days ago
    I love reading your blogs.

    I think that the increase in self-esteem from blogging applies to adults as well as teen-agers. For sure it has been a great asset in my life, though there are times I wonder when I am getting the haters. Still, it is a learning process, as I am learning how to better deal with them. So, yes, blogging is worth it to me.


    2739 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the information about blogging.
    2742 days ago
    I can really believe the study about teens and blogging. This past winter, one of my grads had a terrible accident at the stable. A horse bit off half of her nose. Even with plastic surgery, it was quite a disfiguring injury which will require further plastic surgeries. She blogged about the accident from her hospital room, then about her recovery and how people in her high school reacted to it. She has totally amazed and inspired me with her self confidence and strength through this ordeal.

    2743 days ago
    I love your blogs Meddy and I think for every honest, heart felt blogger out there being helped with the process there are a score of others benefiting from their blogs and the wisdom shared there; both by the blogger and the comments.

    On the run this morning. Early walk with DD. Have a wonderful week!
    2743 days ago
    Meddy, I too find that writing helps me - whether it's a matter of clarifying my thoughts or just thinking things through, it helps me get a better perspective on all kinds of issues.

    And no, I don't think you 'talk' about your inner life too much. One of the things I most enjoy here on SP (and on the internet in general) is learning about others, and a plain record of facts and numbers doesn't really tell us anything about the person behind those facts and numbers. Only feelings and experiences can do that, and the sharing of those helps the 'blogger' as well as the 'bloggee.' IMHO

    Book? (Her ears perked up.) You're writing a book? Do tell!
    p.s. Love the ladybug background. I paid you the ultimate compliment - I cribbed it, lol...
    2743 days ago
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