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Why do we write a diary?

2022-11-28T21:33:17.955Z

PSYCHOLOGY - Whether it is to reflect or tell stories, dream or console oneself, putting one's thoughts down on paper is a need that remains widespread.



In France, one person in 10 over the age of 15 has kept a diary or a blog for at least part of the year.

Although the figure, taken from a study by the Ministry of Culture, is a little dated (2008), it has the advantage of showing a slight increase in this type of practice thanks to digital media, compared to the same study conducted in 1997 (9%).

While today, social networks place everyone's daily life - most often scripted - in the public square, why, and for whom, do we tell their daily life?

And what do we say about ourselves, throughout life?

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Writing a diary is not new, traces of it can be found in the writings of ancient philosophers.

The habit spread at the end of the Middle Ages, when paper became less expensive.

The head of the family then keeps a diary, which is used to follow the accounts, note the success of the harvest or even the births and deaths to record his genealogy.

From the end of the 18th century…

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Source: lefigaro

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