New moms who blog seem to transition into parenthood with a greater sense of social support and connection. And that can mean less depression, parenting stress and negative marital adjustment, according to research conducted at BYU.
For the study, which will be published in the Journal of Maternal Child Health, the Brigham Young University researchers surveyed 157 new moms about their use of the Internet and what they did there. They found the moms, whose average age was 27 and most of whom had been married for about three years, spend roughly three hours a day on the computer, most of that time online. They found no particular connection between time spent on social network sites like Facebook and MySpace and maternal wellbeing, but one did exist with blog use, whether as a reader, a writer or both.