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Bloggers = Opposite of Loners?

Bloggers = Opposite of Loners?

The term blogger, like it or not, often comes along with the connotation that you opt for interaction with your computer over other human beings.

A new Australian study featured in CyberPsychology & Behaviour magazine revealed that bloggers do not feel isolated after all. In fact, they feel more socially connected than non-bloggers.

The psychological traits of 134 people who were new to MySpace were analyzed. A follow-up survey, conducted two months later, found that those who had blogged were happier with the number of friends they had – both online and face-to-face – than non-bloggers. These bloggers also say they are more likely to reach out to those friends for help.

Read more here. defines a “Friend” as:

1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.

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2. a person who gives assistance; patron;

3. a person who is on good terms with another; a person who is not hostile

As my volume of blogging has increased, I have personally felt more connected than ever before. At the very least, my network, which was once quite localized, has expanded to international proportions.

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  • Would be interesting to see the survey done with self-hosted bloggers instead of MySpace bloggers. While the results may be similar, I think there will be some differences.

  • I think myspace is a little unique compared to those people blogging on wordpress or any other server hosted options. I also bet a lot of bloggers could benefit from having a friend function to give their blog more visibility.


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