Ah, March… In like a lion. Out like a cold, windy, bullshit lion.
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) March 28, 2015
Interesting nugget from the end of a New Yorker post by science writer Maria Konnikova:
… [W]riting on social media may have therapeutic value, regardless of its predictive value for experimenters. For decades, Pennebaker’s studies have shown that when people keep a journal they tend to fare better emotionally, recover more quickly from negative experiences, and achieve more academically and professionally. Other recent work suggests that social media provides the same benefits, despite the fact that, unlike a journal, it’s inherently public. A 2013 study found that bloggers received the same therapeutic boosts as people who keep regular diaries; what’s more, the highest benefits came from writing entries that were open to comment, which were actually more beneficial than private journal entries. Researchers want to use social media to learn about you. But by writing in a public space you may also be learning about —and helping—yourself.
So maybe don’t think of it as oversharing, think of it as therapy…
Apart from such navel-gazing, what’s on the agenda as we start another week?