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Jessica L Wilkinson, Kate Strickling, Hannah E Payne, Kayla C Jensen, Joshua H West
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in Pinterest as a method of disseminating health information. However, it is unclear whether the health information promoted on Pinterest is evidence-based or incorporates behavior change theory. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to determine the presence of health behavior theory (HBT) constructs in pins found on Pinterest and assess the relationship between various pin characteristics and the likelihood of inclusion of HBT...
December 8, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Lu Tang, Sung-Eun Park
: Skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting the U.S. POPULATION:, a virtual bookmarking social media site, has the potential to disseminate skin cancer-related information among young women, the group with the fastest increase in skin cancer diagnosis. This article presents a quantitative content analysis of pins about skin cancer on Pinterest guided by agenda-setting theory and the health belief model. Overall, sun exposure and tanning beds were most frequently discussed as the causes of skin cancer, and alternative therapies such as herbal medicine were discussed more than traditional biomedical treatment or prevention...
September 2, 2016: Health Communication
Courtney C Simpson, Suzanne E Mazzeo
Fitspiration is a relatively new social media trend nominally intended to promote health and fitness. Fitspiration messages are presented as encouraging; however, they might also engender body dissatisfaction and compulsive exercise. This study analyzed fitspiration content (n = 1050) on the image-based social media platform Pinterest. Independent raters coded the images and text present in the posts. Messages were categorized as appearance- or health-related, and coded for Social Cognitive Theory constructs: standards, behaviors, and outcome expectancies...
June 21, 2016: Health Communication
Osman H Ahmed, Hopin Lee, Laura L Struik
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Recently image-sharing social media platforms have become a popular medium for sharing health-related images and associated information. However within the field of sports medicine, and more specifically sports related concussion, the content of images and meta-data shared through these popular platforms have not been investigated. The aim of this study was to analyse the content of concussion-related images and its accompanying meta-data on image-sharing social media platforms...
September 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
J Kolahi, S Khazaei
Introduction Altmetrics is a new and emerging scholarly tool that measures online attention surrounding journal articles. Altmetric data resources include: policy documents, news outlets, blogs, online reference managers (eg Mendeley and CiteULike), post-publication peer-review forums (eg PubPeer and Publons), social media (eg Twitter, Facebook, Weibo, Google(+), Pinterest, Reddit), Wikipedia, sites running Stack Exchange (Q&A), and reviews on F1000 and YouTube.Methods To identify the top 50 dental articles in 2014, PubMed was searched using the following query "("2014/1/1"[PDAT]:"2014/12/31"[PDAT]) and jsubsetd[text]" in December, 2015...
June 10, 2016: British Dental Journal
Jaime E Sidani, Ariel Shensa, Beth Hoffman, Janel Hanmer, Brian A Primack
BACKGROUND: The etiology of eating concerns is multifactorial, and exposure to media messages is considered to be a contributor. Although traditional media, such as television and magazines, have been examined extensively in relation to eating concerns risk, the influence of social media has received relatively less attention. OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between social media use and eating concerns in a large, nationally representative sample of young adults...
September 2016: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Allison E Doub, Meg L Small, Aron Levin, Kristie LeVangie, Timothy R Brick
Increasing home cooking while decreasing the consumption of food prepared away from home is a commonly recommended weight management strategy, however research on where individuals obtain ideas about meals to cook at home is limited. This study examined the characteristics of individuals who reported using traditional and Internet-based resources for meal ideas. 583 participants who were ≥50% responsible for household meal planning were recruited to approximate the 2014 United States Census distribution on sex, age, race/ethnicity, and household income...
August 1, 2016: Appetite
Charlene A Wong, Gabrielle Ostapovich, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, Heather Griffis, David A Asch, Raina M Merchant
BACKGROUND: Social media provide new channels for hospitals to engage with communities, a goal of increasing importance as non-profit hospitals face stricter definitions of community benefit under the Affordable Care Act. We describe the variability in social media presence among US children's hospitals and the distribution of their Facebook content curation. METHODS: Social media data from freestanding children's hospitals were extracted from September-November 2013...
March 2016: Healthcare
Elisa J Sobo, Arianna Huhn, Autumn Sannwald, Lori Thurman
To learn about pediatric vaccine decision-making, we surveyed and interviewed US parents with at least one child kindergarten age or younger (N=53). Through an anthropologically informed content analysis, we found that fully vaccinating parents (n=33) mostly saw vaccination as routine. In contrast, selective and non-vaccinating parents (n=20) exhibited the kind of self-informed engagement that the healthcare system recommends. Selective vaccinators also expressed multiple, sometimes contradictory positions on vaccination that were keyed to individual children's biologies, child size, environmental hazards, specific diseases, and discrete vaccines...
January 26, 2016: Medical Anthropology
Jeanine Guidry, Yan Jin, Linda Haddad, Yuan Zhang, Joshua Smith
Waterpipe tobacco is among the most rapidly growing trends in tobacco smoking, the growing use and acceptance of which are taking place at a time when cigarette smoking is regarded in an increasingly negative manner (Martinasek, McDermott, & Martini, 2011). Given the health risks and the misperceptions associated with waterpipe smoking, this study focuses on how waterpipe smoking is portrayed and represented on the social media platform Pinterest. In total, 800 Pinterest pins were content analyzed. The vast majority of the sampled pins were primarily image based...
2016: Health Communication
Jeanine P D Guidry, Kellie Carlyle, Marcus Messner, Yan Jin
Vaccination is an effective public health tool for reducing morbidity and mortality caused by infectious diseases. However, increasing numbers of parents question the safety of vaccines or refuse to vaccinate their children outright. The Internet is playing a significant role in the growing voice of the anti-vaccination movement as a growing number of people use the Internet to obtain health information, including information about vaccines. Given the role the Internet plays in providing vaccination-related communication, coupled with limited research in this area, this study focused on the social media platform Pinterest, analyzing 800 vaccine-related pins through a quantitative content analysis...
September 22, 2015: Vaccine
Jennifer Golbeck
Benford's Law states that, in naturally occurring systems, the frequency of numbers' first digits is not evenly distributed. Numbers beginning with a 1 occur roughly 30% of the time, and are six times more common than numbers beginning with a 9. We show that Benford's Law applies to social and behavioral features of users in online social networks. Using social data from five major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, and LiveJournal), we show that the distribution of first significant digits of friend and follower counts for users in these systems follow Benford's Law...
2015: PloS One
Sarah Steele, Christopher Adcock, Alistair Steel
OBJECTIVE: Social media (SoMe) are gaining increasing acceptance among, and use by, healthcare service deliverers and workers. UK Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) use SoMe to deliver service information and to fundraise, among other purposes. This article examines UK HEMS use of SoMe between January and February 2014 to determine the extent of adoption and to highlight trends in use. METHODS: The database of the Association of Air Ambulances, crosschecked with UK Emergency Aviation, was used to identify flying, charitable UK HEMS...
January 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Jannath Ghaznavi, Laramie D Taylor
The present study extends research on thinspiration images, visual and/or textual images intended to inspire weight loss, from pro-eating disorder websites to popular photo-sharing social media websites. The article reports on a systematic content analysis of thinspiration images (N=300) on Twitter and Pinterest. Images tended to be sexually suggestive and objectifying with a focus on ultra-thin, bony, scantily-clad women. Results indicated that particular social media channels and labels (i.e., tags) were characterized by more segmented, bony content and greater social endorsement compared to others...
June 2015: Body Image
McKinley Glover, Garry Choy, Giles W Boland, Sanjay Saini, Anand M Prabhakar
PURPOSE: This study assesses the prevalence of use of the most commonly used social media sites among private radiology groups (PRGs) and academic radiology departments (ARDs). METHODS: The 50 largest PRGs and the 50 ARDs with the highest level of funding from the National Institutes of Health were assessed for presence of a radiology-specific social media account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Measures of organizational activity and end-user activity were collected, including the number of posts and followers, as appropriate; between-group comparisons were performed...
May 2015: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Saeideh Bakhshi, Eric Gilbert
Many lab studies have shown that colors can evoke powerful emotions and impact human behavior. Might these phenomena drive how we act online? A key research challenge for image-sharing communities is uncovering the mechanisms by which content spreads through the community. In this paper, we investigate whether there is link between color and diffusion. Drawing on a corpus of one million images crawled from Pinterest, we find that color significantly impacts the diffusion of images and adoption of content on image sharing communities such as Pinterest, even after partially controlling for network structure and activity...
2015: PloS One
Kathleen Custers
UNLABELLED: During the last decade, much concern has been expressed about online pro-eating disorder communities (e.g., pro-anorexia websites and blogs) which encourage their users to engage in disordered eating behavior. The aim of the current paper is to reemphasize the importance of pro-eating disorder communities in light of the recent changes in the media landscape. With the increase of social networking sites, pro-anorexia messages have transplanted to more volatile and constantly changing media, such as Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and many others...
April 2015: European Journal of Pediatrics
Jacob Whitsitt, Daiva Mattis, Melia Hernandez, Ramya Kollipara, Robert P Dellavalle
BACKGROUND: Pinterest is a social media internet service utilized by individuals, organizations, and businesses to collect and share ideas related to projects or interests. OBJECTIVE: The literature related to dermatology-related content on Pinterest is scarce. This study aims to investigate the presence of dermatology related content available on Pinterest. METHODS: Investigators searched five terms related to dermatology in the "pins" and "boards" search categories of pinterest...
January 2015: Dermatology Online Journal
James A Roberts, Luc Honore Petnji Yaya, Chris Manolis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The primary objective of the present study was to investigate which cell-phone activities are associated with cell-phone addiction. No research to date has studied the full-range of cell-phone activities, and their relationship to cell-phone addiction, across male and female cell-phone users. METHODS: College undergraduates (N = 164) participated in an online survey. Participants completed the questionnaire as part of their class requirements...
December 2014: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Danielle N Lambert, Lauren E Bishop, Stephanie Guetig, Paula M Frew
BACKGROUND: The Emory Jane Fonda Center implemented the Start Strong Atlanta social marketing campaign, "Keep It Strong ATL", in 2007 to promote the development of healthy adolescent relationships and to foster the prevention of adolescent dating abuse among 11-14 year olds. OBJECTIVE: A formative evaluation was conducted to understand whether messages directed at the target audience were relevant to the program's relationship promotion and violence prevention goals, and whether the "Web 2...
November 12, 2014: JMIR Research Protocols
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