Susannah Fox presented the latest findings on the internet's impact on health and health care, including an early look at new data showing how people living with chronic conditions gather and share information online.
The number of online adults who use classified ads websites, such as Craigslist, more than doubled from 2005 to 2009.
Adults and Social Network Websites
The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years -- from 8% in 2005 to 35% at the end of 2008.
Participatory Medicine, Connected Health
I presented our latest data on social media and health to the Center for Connected Health's 2008 Symposium in Boston.
Friends, Family & Post-surgical Outcomes
Surgical patients with a strong network of friends & family reported better scores for anxiety, depression, inner peace, relaxation, pain intensity and pain unpleasantness.
E-patients With a Disability or Chronic Disease
Just half of adults with chronic conditions use the internet; but once online, they are avid consumers of health information.
The Long Tail of Hobbies Online
Whether you're into whiffle hurling, baton twirling or hair curling, chances are there's someone out there who wants to help you learn.
83% of online Americans say they have used the internet to seek information about their hobbies and 29% do so on a typical day.
Online Patient Groups
12% of internet users participate in an online patient group.
The “News and Schmooze” Explosion
A new study finds a proliferation of “citizen media” web sites that fit somewhere on the media spectrum between the street-corner soapbox and the local daily newspaper. While concluding that these grassroots outlets are successful at creating community conversations, the report on this emerging landscape also reveals that many are tenuous, shoestring operations.
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