Do You Share Too Much on Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]
“Sharing is the basis of social media, and it can be a beautiful thing. Keeping up with family and friends as kids grow, relationships become marriages and adventures are had — social media can be tons of fun and helps us feel connected to one another.
But when does all that sharing become too much? And when can what you share online actually become dangerous?
A recent study commissioned by Intel found that 90% of American adults think people share too much, and nearly half of adults find the deluge of information to be overwhelming.”
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Facebook Launches Crisis Tools for Military Service Members
A new Facebook program provides military personnel, veterans and their families with customized resources when their content is flagged as harmful or suicidal.
It is an extension of a suicide prevention effort Facebook launched in December, which lets friends alert the social network when other users express suicidal thoughts by clicking a link next to the comment. Facebook sends an email with suicide prevention resources to the author of the comment.
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How a Social Network Helps Families Coping With Autism
Autism Awareness Month may be coming to a close, but by using the social network MyAutismTeam, parents of children with autism spectrum disorder can spread awareness and find support throughout the year.
MyAutismTeam is a part of the MyHealthTeams network, online communities for people living with or caring for those with chronic health conditions. On the network, users share who is on their support teams — parents, specialists, businesses — with other users looking for the same.
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Using Social Media to Prevent Suicide
On 22 September 2010, at 8.42pm, Tyler Clementi updated his Facebook status: “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” In the days leading up to the Rutgers University student’s suicide, he had discovered his roommate, Dharun Ravi, had been spying on him through a hacked webcam connection and had been discussing his sexuality on Twitter and Facebook. Last month, a jury in New Jersey convicted Ravi of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation. He faces up to ten years in jail and possible deportation to India. The intricacies of the case have raised serious issues surrounding hate crimes, questioning the role of social media in cyber bullying.
But what about their capacity as tools for prevention?
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Autism: how computers can help
The most important source of information for people making a day-to-day health decision, in many cases, is not a website, or even a clinician, but another person who shares the same condition. As mobile, social tools spread throughout the population, people are connecting with each other. Why not harness those tools for health?
Pew Internet & American Life Project Associate Director of Digital Strategy Susannah Fox presented the project’s data on communities of color and young people, particularly as it relates to health, twice this week — On Wednesday as a guest of the Federal HIV/AIDS Web Council and on Thursday as a speaker at a meeting convened by CommonHealth ACTION. She wrapped up her insights here.
- 83% of U.S. adults own a cell phone.
- 35% of U.S. adults own a smartphone and one-quarter of them use their phone as their main source of internet access.
- This trend is especially pronounced among adults ages 18-29, adults who identify as black, and adults who identify as Latino.
- Text messaging is an epidemic among 18-24 year-olds. This group sends or receives an average of 109.5 text messages PER DAY.