Use of Social Networking Sites by People with Health Issues

Use of Social Networking Sites by People with Health Issues

Tatsuya Imai (Nanzan University, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1856-3.ch004
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Abstract

Previous studies have found that the use of social networking sites (SNSs) is associated with the user's positive outcomes such as perceived social support and psychological well-being (Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe, 2007; Nabi, Prestin, & So, 2012). To seek those positive influences, those with health issues such as physical illness or mental illness actively use SNSs (e.g., Shpigelman & Gill, 2014a; Gowen, Deschaine, Gruttadara, & Markey, 2012). The first aim of this chapter is to describe previous studies on the use of SNSs by those with health issues such as mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer, intellectual disabilities, and diabetes. The second aim is to propose a new direction of research on the use of SNSs by those with health issues: the impact of stigma on communication on SNSs.
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Use Of Social Networking Sites By Those With Health Issues

Past studies have investigated the use of SNSs by people with health issues utilizing both quantitative and qualitative approaches. These studies have focused on the use of SNSs by those with a mental illness, HIV/AIDS, cancer, an intellectual disability, and diabetes.

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