Decades of research have shown that writing about our deepest, darkest emotions makes us feel better. But what happens when we write about those feelings online?
Patients with life-threatening illnesses must regularly process heavy emotions. Many patients and their caregivers turn to online health communities to get support and share their journeys. We partnered with CaringBridge.org – a large journaling platform that lets patients write about their health journey – to explore how expressive writing affects people’s engagement with their online community.