Say What! Blogging Causes Heart Attacks?

by Sachin Balagopalan on April 6, 2008 · 3 comments

The New York Times has a piece in their technology section today that IMO borders on stupidity to say the least. The article cites the “around-the-clock Internet economy” that is prevalent today and tries to establish a link between blogging and heart attacks. What they seem to have established however is a slew of responses from the blogging community and in the process secured the #1 spot on Techmeme this morning. Pretty clever if you ask me - you have nothing relevant to report on technology this Sunday so go ahead make up some BS about blogging knowing very well that it will create a buzz that will no doubt lead into increased readership. Yes very clever indeed. They even had the audacity to cite the recent unfortunate demises of a couple of A-listers - pretty pathetic IMO.

The highlight for me was Michael Arrington weighing in (no pun intended :) ) and stating that he gained 30 pounds and has a sleeping disorder. Memo to Arrington: Lay off the donuts and whatever unhealthy food you chomp on and jump on the treadmill for half hour everyday. You are fat because you choose to be not because you’re an A-List blogger. It’s a life style choice and all of us (bloggers and non-bloggers alike) have to draw the line between work and play. I mean if you get to a point where your work controls you and you don’t have time to take care of yourself there is something drastically wrong and you need to either make adjustments or get out and look for another line of work.

IMO instead of trying to establish a link between blogging and heart disease the NYT should have actually done some research and reported on the real epidemic that is prevalent in America today - the very real problem of a 24/7 around-the-clock internet economy. It is true that we Americans compared to the rest of the world work twice as much and technology/internet has increased that. Employers now expect people to be connected all the time so we do end up working more than our counterparts from the rest of the planet.

Marc Andreesseen has the best rebuttal to the NYT story and is worth checking out.

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dailykermit 04.06.08 at 7:30 pm

I am new to this entire blog thing, I’ll admit it’s addicting to some degree when you are bored. But, I do agree, any human being can draw a line between work and play, just because I started a blog doesn’t mean I am going to forget about everything else and blog all day. As you mentioned it’s a choice you make, some people just make poor choices. As for the NYT, you’d think they are smarter than that, committing such a silly statistical error is beneath a high schooler. Everyone knows there has to be a unknown/unlisted variable that the NYT didn’t let the readers know about.

Hans-G. Hinz 04.06.08 at 8:24 pm

Is´nt “In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop” (headline, NYT) a part of “the very real problem of a 24/7 around-the-clock internet economy”(SB)?

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Sachin Balagopalan 04.06.08 at 9:15 pm

Hans - Abosolutely! That’s why I feel the NYT should have addressed it from that point of view rather than insinuating that it’s only a “bloggers” problem.

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