While many contend emerging social media habits contribute to an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle, new research released by the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health suggests social networks can have positive impacts on health, as well.
Some earlier health-related studies involving social media focused on how people use social networks to gather information regarding medical conditions, or how health care organizations employ social media platforms. But, this particular study was one of the first to explore how individuals could use social media as a support tool when trying to make healthy changes.
The results indicate that, indeed, Twitter can serve as instrumental in supporting weight loss initiatives.
Over a six-month period, researchers followed the weight loss progress of nearly 100 men and women. To qualify as participants, the subjects needed to be either obese or overweight and possess a smartphone (Blackberry, Droid or iPhone/iPod Touch). Then: Read the rest of this entry »