I presented our latest data on social media and health to the Center for Connected Health's 2008 Symposium in Boston.
Surgical patients with a strong network of friends & family reported better scores for anxiety, depression, inner peace, relaxation, pain intensity and pain unpleasantness.
Just half of adults with chronic conditions use the internet; but once online, they are avid consumers of health information.
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.
12% of internet users participate in an online patient group.
Tagging, blogging, and social networking sites allow internet users to search for, catalog, and disseminate information.
A national phone survey of bloggers finds that most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers.