Tweeting about sexism might improve woman's well-being, study

Tweeting about sexism might improve woman's well-being, study

According to a new study, openly expressing sexism on social networking sites including Twitter might improve women’s wellbeing.

Researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada found that women who tweet publically, usually show a feeling of increased wellbeing. The team of researchers collected data from 93 female undergraduate students for the purpose of the study.

Researcher Mindi Foster said in a statement that, “We know women can be badly affected by experiences of sexism and that responding publicly can be stressful and risky. This study examined whether using Twitter to respond to sexism could be done in a public way without any negative effects to their well-being.”

The participants were assigned to one of three conditions related to tweeting during a three day period. The participants received information relating to topical issues around sexism in politics, the media and in universities during the three day period, allowing them to tweet about them. One of the group was required to tweet publically, one tweeted privately and the third group did not tweet. The researchers did not control the type of content or the number of tweets.

The mood questionnaires and well-being measures were collected after thetweets and the tweets were also analysedfor linguistic and emotional content. The team found that the group who tweeted publicly displayed feelings of increased well-being by the third day of the s study while the other two groups remained the same.


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