Digital Journaling: The Paper!

ExclamationWhat is digital journaling? (Okay, I’ll tell you: It’s writing on a keyboard instead of by hand). Who does it? How well does it work? Do men write journals digitally? Do women? Does typing your journal offer similar benefits to writing it by hand? What can digital journaling offer therapists, coaches, writing workshop facilitators, and writers?

All these questions and more are answered in the just-released paper, The 30-Day Digital Journaling Challenge: A Report for Helping Professionals, authored by Kathleen Adams (me!), Nathan Ohren, and Brenda Hudson.  Nearly 500 people agreed to take part in a study of a 30-day challenge constructed and executed by Nathan – and this paper gives the full scoop of what we learned! If you work with clients — facilitate workshops — teach classes — write a journal — you won’t want to miss this.

Download the 30-DayDigitalJournalingChallenge 092615. We’d love your thoughts in the comments section!



2 Responses to Digital Journaling: The Paper!

  1. Yasmin Pereira October 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Awesome study to clear up this particular issue. I switched from paper to digital several years ago and have not looked back. I try to force myself to do paper every now and then, but the ease of finding words, dates, topics in the digital form is so easy that I simply cannot switch back to paper. Another aspect is the privacy issue – I feel much safer having a digital journal that is password protected, than a book that can be so easily opened and read. Thirdly, the study mentioned potential issues with future arthritis and other motor problems, and the ability to use voice software, most often included in the digital journals is yet another benefit to switch and stay with digital journaling. A good research area might also be to see if people feel the same about writing digitally, as opposed to speaking digitally into software that transcribes their spoken words.

    • kay adams October 13, 2015 at 1:41 am #

      Thanks for the report on your experience, Yasmin. Very interesting indeed. You’ve articulated several solid reasons for digital journaling. And I appreciate the suggestion for future study. Indeed it would be interesting to find out about spoken-word/transcribed journals!

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