Using Social Media for Health Studies

Speaker:  Ingmar G Weber – Doha, Qatar
Topic(s):  Human Computer Interaction


Given that users share all kinds of minutiae on social media, can this noisy, crowd-sourced data be used for health studies? This talk presents a number of recent examples that show the feasibility of using social media to study health both at the population and the individual level. The first part of the presentation will look at applications in the domain of public health. Here we will discuss both the case of communicable diseases, such as flu, and the case of lifestyle diseases, such as obesity. In the second part we will focus at the individual level. Here, we will show how social media provides signals of a user’s depression and how quantified self data from wearables that is shared on social media leads to a more holistic patient view. Finally, we will also show how online data sources such as Reddit  make it possible to quantify the importance of receiving social feedback on health outcomes such as weight loss. The duration and technical depth will be adapted to the target audience.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  40 - 100
Duration:  45 - 90 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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