Blogging Makes New Moms Happier

A small research report found that the primary caregiver for a new born was happier if they socialized and expressed some thoughts on a blog.  “Brandon T. McDaniel, who is now a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State, collected data from 157 new mothers, all with Internet access at home. He asked them to complete standard assessments of their feelings of connectedness, their levels of parenting stress and marital conflict and their symptoms of maternal depression. His data showed a positive correlation between blogging and feelings of connectedness to family and friends — which in turn correlates (based on the work of other researchers) with maternal well-being and health. ”

This was the first research of its kind and such results are prompting futher research.  One difference between the mothers surveyed and the typical blogger was the reason for blogging.  Mothers were overwhelming doing it to stay in touch with family (87%).  Bloggers, on the other hand, use it only 37% for that reason.  Also, there was some indication that specifically blogging, as opposed to passive social media involvement, is the cause of happiness. 

Read more of this story: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/does-blogging-make-new-moms-happier/?ref=socialnetworking

Research report: http://www.springerlink.com/content/f570317vv4748227/

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9 thoughts on “Blogging Makes New Moms Happier

  1. I feel like this is nothing new, I do not have a new born but for all I can remember, clubs and meetups with new parents have existed so they could share experience and advice. Social web, like withe many other things, is making this easier with parents never having to leave the house. Now they can log on while their child naps, learn about other parent’s experiences and share their own, or ask questions and get answers. The world is at their finger tips, its no longer just Thursdays at 11am.

  2. I see your line of thought. I think its great that parents aren’t necessarily restricted to the Thursday at 11am meeting time. Though, it could be possible that new mothers blogging makes them happier than the old way of going to a meeting. You mentioned a couple reasons (convenience, research, q&a) but it also lets them customize their audience and/or be anonymous. Maybe there are people at the meeting who they don’t want to socialize with or a topic they want to ask but are shy about it.

  3. I think blogging to find answers as well as others in similar situations is true for any new situation or life transition. Think about if you are moving to a new city, joining a new company or suddenly being scheduled for a surgery – the first thing many people do now is Google it. People Google to determine their expectations, find quick answers, popular suggestions, best and worse case scenarios and life-lines to others in their situation to speak directly with if needed. Sometimes in these situations, just like in parenthood, if you don’t have a direct connection with someone else in your shoes already, these online forums are what you need to not feel alone and be able to feel confident handling the situation you are in. Parenting is not an easy task, and being able to use these types of forums is extremely helpful to parents, not just to find the answers and community they are craving, but also to be able to access this information 24/7. We all know baby’s love to develop high fevers and strange coughs at 3am! These resources can make dealing with these unforeseen crisis more manageable knowing the information they need is always available.

  4. Shared experiences seem to always have a way of comforting. Knowing you’re not the only one who has or is going through a tough time inherently makes that tough time a bit easier to shoulder. Blogs and social networks definitely make it much easier to find folks in the same boats and connect with them. Regarding the study, I think 157 seems a bit of a small research sample sample size to me. I did like that the comment blog addressed the recent article (at was referred to on this blog) on the study that Facebook was causing depression amongst teenagers because of all the comparing of lives. This article however, did a good job I thought of making the distinction between sampling comparing your life to another’s and sharing strength through a difficult time.

  5. This article made me think of something a new mother mentioned to me recently. There appears to be a need for some type of social network that caters to new parents who are visiting cities (not just New York) where they do not live nor have much experience with. Such parents are in need of detailed information on the best ways to transport a baby carriage (subway, bus, cab, etc.), what are the best attractions to bring an infant/toddler/pre-teen, which are the best restaurants to bring little ones to, etc. I know there are sites that cater to this, but they don’t appear to have been put together very well. Just an idea.

  6. For new moms, blogging is a good way to not only document their parenting life and help them recall the best memory in the future, but also get parenting tips online. Blogs are made to share people’s experience, thoughts and ideas. It is really a helpful for communication among strangers. Personally, I have bookmarked some of others’ blogs for both referral and entertainment. For example, I bookmarked several traveling blogs to collect some tips for my future trips. These ideas from the blogs are straight to the point and I am very happy to follow them. On the other hand, for people who post blogs, I think they would also feel a sense of achievement especially when someone else interact with them on their blogs.

  7. Gone are the days when new mothers would be glued to their desks writing journals or diaries for every memorable day with their babies. In addition to blog, the advent of the social media apps with visual appeal and networking features, such as Google+, Instagram and Pinterest, also can make them happier.

  8. I almost feel obligated to “like” newborn pictures when they show up in my news feed and I always see that they get a lot of response when they are posted so that must help better their mood. Advice from others is also helpful and allows you to know you aren’t the only one dealing with an issue with your child. I also see a great benefit for this in the more unique situations such as adoptive parents or parents with a special needs child.

  9. I want to see a study of how blogging makes friends of new mom’s more frustrated! Facebook becomes a living yearbook of every new born. Agree that there are great avenues for new moms to blog, however this should be done in less open networks that specialize in specific interests.

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