Cyberpsychology and eHealth

Review the phenomenon of online social networking for health and wellbeing (i.e. You can use any social network platform you like e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, etc).
In your report, you must generally highlight both the potential value and limitations of online social networking sites and the risks associated with online interpersonal communication.
In your report you must specifically address the following:
Argue how the use of online social networking may enhance, and/or affect, every day social interaction to promote good health and wellbeing. Include an argument for the necessity of these services; how they are provided (e.g. text only info or other means of engagement, e.g. motivational videos or photos), and any problems this technology may need to overcome. Discuss the motivations for using these services and its popularity amongst various age groups. Support your opinions with scholarly references from journal articles and other peer reviewed publications (e.g. health reports or policy papers that evaluate social networking for health issues).
Evaluate 3 online social networking health focused sites/groups:
– Describe whether the group/site you have chosen is well designed for its intended users (e.g.
does it contain useful information, feedback to consumers and support service information?)
– Discuss how useful each social network group/site is social interaction and support for a specific health issue. Do they have any evidence their group is working (Note: number or subscribed members does not equate to efficacy!). If it does not show evidence of how it would help people, how would you propose to find out if you ran the site? (e.g. think measurement of efficacy does belonging indicate health change behaviour over time?)
– Discuss the limitations/negative aspects of the specific group/sites (e.g. do they protect personal information and prevent member harassment?)
Conclude with your thoughts on how you would conduct social networking for a specific health issue, of your choice (it does not have to be in-line with one of the 3 groups/site topics you reviewed) and explain why your social networking group/site is needed. Wherever possible, support your argument with published research.

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