Blogging, Podcasting Improves Your Social Life

Mar 4th, 2008 | By | Category: Citizen Media, Commentary, Internet TV

Josh Go

It starting to look like geeking out with new media may be good for your social life.

First, Cosmo revealed that the Apple Store is a great place to meet people “for a fun fling or a long term relationship”:

Most guys are natural gadget lovers, and with sales of iPods and MacBooks skyrocketing, more men than ever are stopping by Apple boutiques. The vibe at the stores is conductive to man meeting too: You can check your email among cuties, take a free workshop on anything from Photoshop to podcasting (a great opportunity to strike up a conversation), or just survey the, ahem, good-looking merchandise.

Yep – the Apple Store is the place to meet those podcasting hotties.

Now, scientists have found that blogging improves your social life:

Researchers James Baker and Professor Susan Moore have written two papers investigating the psychological benefits of blogging, regularly updating personal web pages with information that invites others to comment.

The research, from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, found after two months of regular blogging, people felt they had better social support and friendship networks than those who did not blog.

Bloggers reported a greater sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people and feeling more confident they could rely on others for help.

All respondents, whether or not they blogged, reported feeling less anxious, depressed and stressed after two months of online social networking.

What do you think? Can blogging and podcasting improve your social life?

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4 Responses to “Blogging, Podcasting Improves Your Social Life”

  1. alia says:

    Bloggers and podcasters tend to be sexy because doing it builds your confidence and knowledge of things, which are both sexy!

  2. djaja says:

    yeah, right

  3. Mark says:

    Well all i can say is that I have met an amazing amount of people due to The Rock and Roll Report as we have something instantly in common and there is no real need for an ice breaker. I have built some pretty deep friendships because of my blogging and podcasting and that makes everything extremely worthwhile. Works for me!

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