Facebook and Twitter may have a healing power once harnessed by ancient Greek philosophers, according to a new Australian study, The Courier-Mail reported Saturday.
PhD student Theresa Sauter, from the Queensland University of Technology, is examining how social-networking websites help people form their own identity. Her research will focus on the history and benefits of writing about oneself.
“Social-networking sites, blogs, online discussion forums and online journals represent modern arenas for individuals to write themselves into being,” Sauter said.
“The ancient Greek philosophers used a reflective notebook to write down what they had read and their thoughts on it.
“Early Christians and Puritans kept confessional diaries, while … in the 20th century self-writing was commonly used in therapy to enable people to explore and heal themselves.”
Facebook is the modern-day equivalent, she said