A new study out of Ohio State University has found that most teenage bloggers use their on-line journals to stay connected with peers, and nurture relationships.
- Dawn Anderson-Butcher, an associate professor of social work at Ohio State, and her students studied the posts of 100 teen bloggers, to get a sense for what teenagers were talking about online.
- Most blogs were about positive activities like studying, extracurricular activities, and time spent with family.
- Anderson-Butcher sees potential for social workers, who often struggle to find effective ways of helping teens connect socially.
- While blogging can’t replace face-to-face interaction, it can give teens a much-needed creative outlet.
“This preliminary study suggests that blogging could be used therapeutically to help troubled teens express themselves in positive ways,” Anderson-Butcher said in a ScienceDaily article about the research.