A blog as therapy for teenagers

From the New York Times:

In the days before the instantly pinged “OMG Where R U?,” the first words many teenagers composed during their fretful moments were “Dear Diary.” After several paragraphs of spewing onto paper adolescent angst about cafeteria slights, unreciprocated crushes and oversize thighs, the diarist often felt better.

Research has long backed the therapeutic value of diary-keeping for teenage girls and boys. But according to a new study, when teenagers detail their woes onto a blog, the therapeutic value is even greater. Blogging, it seems, can be good for you.

Read more of the story, based on the book, The Therapeutic Value of Adolescents’ Blogging About Social-Emotional Difficulties, by Meyran Boniel-Nissim and Azy Barak, here.

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