<![CDATA[Parents and teachers have long been worried that encouraging teenagers to blog about their thoughts and lifestyles might lead to the glorification of misbehaviour, but research conducted by Ohio State University suggest that getting youth to write blogs can actually be therapeutic for troubled teens. Dawn Anderson-Butcher, a social work professor at Ohio State, discovered that most teens wrote blogs to develop a sense of community among their peers and that rather than blogging about misbehaviour, the vast majority wrote about entirely innocuous subjects, such as attending church service with their families, the challenges of school assignments and extra-curricular activities, like sports and the performing arts. These research conclusions dismiss previously held assumptions that teens would naturally want to blog about anti-social behaviour, including drugs or alcohol use. When teens did use their blogs to complain, the vast majority did not gripe about their parents, teachers or schools. In fact, 65% complained most about boredom. Anderson-Butcher pointed out that teens were most likely to be bored between 3pm and 6pm, as they would have finished school by then, but their parents may not have arrived home from work. The social work professor noted that these three hours presented the greatest opportunity for teens to get involved in risky activities including drugs and alcohol, but it seems as though blogging during these hours may actually be serving as an innocuous pastime. The most popular topics among teens that write blogs included playing or reviewing video games, the discussion of television shows, after-school activities, such as dance practice or sports teams and accounts based on participation in church youth groups.]]>
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