August 20, 2016

The Benefits of Social Technology Use Among Older Adults Are Mediated by Reduced Loneliness.

This study found that the use of social media by older adults was associated with better self-rated health, fewer chronic illnesses, and less depression. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2016 Aug 19.

Comment: Close relationships improve health. Social media can facilitate strong, positive social connections and reduce loneliness with the benefit being better health.

March 21, 2016

Risks and Threats of Social Media Websites: Twitter and the Proana Movement.

This study found a large number of pro-anorexia (proana) twitter accounts (n=341). Of these accounts, the mean follower count was 2361, most accounts were females (98%), most teenagers (avg age=18), and only 6% presented a warning text about the dangerous content of their pro-anorexia twitter account.  (Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2016 Mar 18)
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May 23, 2015

What Do Social Media Say About Makeovers? A Content Analysis of Cosmetic Surgery Videos and Viewers' Responses on YouTube.

YouTube videos on cosmetic surgery primarily are from cosmetic surgeons that use social media to help build up their clientele. While all of the videos promote the benefits of cosmetic surgery, very few address the risks.  (Health Commun. 2015 Sep;30(9):933-42)
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April 21, 2015

Social media beliefs and usage among family medicine residents and practicing family physicians.

This study of family medicine residents and practicing physicians found that appropriate social media use needs to be taught early in medical education.  (Fam Med. 2015 Mar;47(3):222-6.)
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April 17, 2015

Using social media for support and feedback by mental health service users: thematic analysis of a twitter conversation.

Online social media appears to be able to facilitate discussion between individuals with mental disorders to share information and develop understanding. It also has the potential to provide feedback to mental health service providers.  (BMC Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 19;15(1):29.)
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April 14, 2015

Obesity is the New Major Cause of Cancer: Connections Between Obesity and Cancer on Facebook and Twitter.

Out of 3702 Facebook and Twitter posts, 59% focused on an associative or causal link between obesity and cancer, reflecting a wide recognition of the evidence linking obesity to an increased risk of cancer. The authors conclude that social media monitoring can provide a measure of public health risk perception.  (J Cancer Educ. 2015 Apr 14.)
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