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How do you #relax when you’re #stressed? A content analysis and infodemiology study of stress-related tweets.

Doan S, Ritchart A, Perry N, Chaparro JD, Conway M. (2017). How do you #relax when you’re #stressed? A content analysis and infodemiology study of stress-related tweets. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 3(1): e35. doi: 10.2196/publichealth.5939

Researchers examined how Twitter users discussed stress and relaxation on social media by aggregating and thematically analyzing tweets containing stress and relaxation related hashtags. Read More


Attitudes towards the ethics of research using social media: A systematic review.

Golder S, Ahmed S, Norman G, Booth A. (2017). Attitudes towards the ethics of research using social media: A systematic review. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 19(6): e195. doi: 10.2196/jmir.7082

Researchers reviewed 17 studies using any qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods methodology that included qualitative data on attitudes towards research using social media. Read More


The Recovering Heroin Addict Shaking Social Media

Article Excerpt: Today, more than 22 million people are struggling with addiction, and it’s estimated that as a result, more than 45 million people are affected. But what many people don’t realize is that there are more than 23 million people living in active, long-term recovery today. Yet, because of shame and stigma, many stay silent.

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Article Source: Forbes


Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine

Article Excerpt: Just as Snapchat and Instagram and YouTube have influencers, so too does medicine. Chronic diseases occupy an online world of memes, hashtags (#hospitalglam), and people who provide information and insights to communities that too often feel they have no voice. A growing number of companies are hiring these patient influencers to reach, and understand, these folks. And, of course, sell them stuff.

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Article Source: WIRED


Latino adults’ perspectives on treating tobacco use via social media.

Anguiano B, Brown-Johnson C, Rosas LG, Pechmann C, Prochaska JJ. (2017). Latino adults’ perspectives on treating tobacco use via social media. JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth. 5(2): e12. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.6684

Researchers recruited 32 people who identify as Latino or Latina using Craigslist, referrals by community health workers, and word of mouth to participate in focus groups about mobile phone and social media use, smoking, and cessation treatment preferences. All participants had made at least one 24 hour quit attempt, but very few had reported receiving assistance from a health care provider (n=3) or using nicotine replacement (n=1), and no participants had used cessation medication or psychosocial cessation treatments. One factor that helped participants delay smoking was checking Facebook. Key motivators for quitting smoking were family, life transitions (e.g. pregnancy), and feelings of shame. Participants used many popular social media platforms, but preferred Facebook. Social media was acceptable to participants as a method to deliver smoking cessation interventions. Those opposed to social media smoking cessation groups preferred receiving support from family and friends and did not want to spend more time on their phone. There were mixed perspectives about whether social media groups should be matched and how they should be matched (e.g. race, smoking characteristics, interests). Participants felt that supportive messages posted as a part of social media smoking cessation interventions should be supportive and motivational, but not demanding.


Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

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Article Source: DoDLive


Social networking sites, depression, and anxiety: A systematic review.

Seabrook EM, Kern ML, Rickard NS. (2016). Social networking sites, depression, and anxiety: A systematic review. JMIR Mental Health. 3(4): e50. PMCID: PMC5143470

The authors examined 70 studies focused on associations between use of social networking sites (SNSs) with depression and anxiety. Findings indicated that positive and negative associations between SNS use and mental health exist, but relationships are complex. Many of the findings indicated that frequency or quantity of SNS connections or interactions mattered less than the quality of those connections and reactions. For people with depression, results indicated that objective quality did not matter as much as perceived quality of SNS connections and interactions. Passive use (i.e. only viewing content without posting content), social comparison (i.e. comparing one’s life to others’ self-presentation on Facebook), Facebook envy (i.e. hostile evaluations of others’ self-presentations on SNSs), and SNS addictive behaviors were related to depression and anxiety. The authors concluded that SNSs have the potential to be beneficial for mental health, but maladaptive interactional styles can be self-perpetuating.


Dartmouth Study Uses Peer Support, Mobile Technology, and Social Media to Improve Fitness in Young Adults w SMI

Article Excerpt: A new Geisel School of Medicine study aims to stem the prevalence of obesity among young adults with serious mental illness through peer support, mobile technology, and popular social media.

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Article Source: Geisel NewsCenter


Effect of a digital social media campaign on young adult smoking cessation.

Baskerville NB, Azagba S, Norman C, McKeown K, Brown KS. (2016). Effect of a digital social media campaign on young adult smoking cessation. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 18(3): 351-360. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntv119

The Break-it-Off (BIO) campaign is a Canadian multicomponent smoking cessation intervention for young adults that uses ending a romantic relationship as a metaphor for quitting smoking. The BIO campaign involves a website and mobile app that are integrated with social media. The website guides users through the stages of quitting smoking using the metaphor of breaking up with a romantic partner (i.e. “get it over with”, “stay split up”, “move on with life”) and provides information about methods of quitting smoking. Users can upload videos about their “break-up” with smoking on YouTube and share information about their quit attempt on Facebook. The BIO campaign app provides time-sensitive information to users about avoiding smoking at times when people often want to smoke (e.g. when they are bored, stressed, or intoxicated). During a three month period, the BIO website had 44,172 visits (37,325 unique visitors) and the app was downloaded 3,937 times. Content was shared on social media by 339 users. In a quasi-experimental trial comparing the BIO campaign (n=102) to a smoking help line (n=136), BIO users had higher rates of 7- and 30-day point prevalence abstinence and made more quit attempts over a 3-month period compared to help line users.