Can blogging enhance subjective well-being through self-disclosure?

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2009 Feb;12(1):75-9. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2008.016.


Based on the self-disclosure theory and the social capital theory, this study investigates if bloggers' self-disclosure enhances their social capital and if these capitals in turn enhance perception of subjective well-being (SWB). The results reveal that the self-disclosure of bloggers significantly and directly affects a blogger's perception of social integration, bonding social capital, and bridge social capital, which in turn promote bloggers' SWB. It appears that as bloggers share their inner thoughts of their moods/feelings with others through writing, they may gain greater social support and improve their social integration. Therefore, self-disclosure through blogging may serve as the core of building intimate relationships. Furthermore, social capital, built through blogging, may improve a blogger's satisfaction with his or her social contact, interpersonal communication, and overall quality of life.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Blogging*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Self Disclosure*
  • Self-Assessment
  • Social Behavior*
  • Social Identification
  • Social Support*
  • Young Adult