Blogging about divorce
April 18th, 2008

How smart is blogging about your divorce? A New York Times article this morning describes the mob that are doing it, and suggests there may be long run consequences beyond settling scores in marriages:

It is impossible to say just how many people are blogging about divorce, but the percentage of Internet users with personal blogs has quadrupled in five years, according to Pew. Mary Madden, a senior researcher with the Pew Project who specializes in online relationships, said that in emotionally charged times, some people go to the Web.

“It is a blank slate to unload all the frustrations and emotions of a personal crisis,” Ms. Madden said.

There will certainly be consequences down the line of all this sharing. “The long-term impact of the persistent information on line has not been fully felt,” Ms. Madden said.

“People tend to think that they are blogging for a small group of friends or that they are anonymous,” she said. But that is not really the case, she said, because “all it takes is one friend posting a link to your blog to out you.”

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