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...