Blogs: A study into current uses and perceptions in Irish society
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The aim of this research was to investigate attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of Irish internet users towards blogs. A survey was conducted online and participants (n = 422) placed into two groups - Bloggers (n = 244), biog authors; Non-Bloggers (n = 178), blog readers. Results found that Non-Bloggers are more concerned about the persistent nature of the Internet than Bloggers, with no difference regarding online privacy. Over 60% of Irish bloggers publish online using their real name; with their primary motivation to blog being the ability to articulate their ideas through writing, and almost 52% consider their blogging as a form of journalism. This research found that blogging can increase social capital and has no negative effect on blogger's lives.