Lessons for Social Media Researchers

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine think they’re on to something. People share a lot of information about themselves on social media, including their health. There may be a way to use this information, with their permission of course, to glean insights on patients’ well being.

The study results suggest that not only are many adult Facebook and Twitter users willing to share their social media data and medical data for research purposes, but that by building a language databank, it may be possible to link social media content to health outcomes, according to a statement about the study from Penn Medicine.

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