[These random happybloggers, who are definitely not Helen and Suze, come to you courtesy of manmadepants on Flickr and a Creative Commons licence.]
Hoydenizens Helen and Suze both featured in an Age article this week, “Blog your way to happiness“.
Contrary to popular belief, bloggers aren’t all pallid flamewar-loving angstmonkeys tapping away in a cellar somewhere. Research regularly shows that bloggers are likely to be engaged, connected people.
I discussed this a while back in “Academia: Internet-Triggered Death of Civil Society Not Predicted“, in which research published in the JCMC (Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication) showed online social life to be (on the whole) rich, active, and authentic, and online socialising to be correlated with well-being in adolescents.
The research reported in this week’s Age is no exception. Neurologists Susan Moore and James Baker from Swinburne found that bloggers tended to be people who were happy with their friendships and less socially isolated than non-bloggers, and that blogging was correlated with decreases in stress and anxiety levels. They also found that blogging promotes critical thinking and promotes creativity.
No details or critique from this corner of the web yet, I’m afraid: the research is due to be featured in the next issue of Cyberpsychology & Behavior.