Opponents of social networking say that the sites prevent face-to-face communication; waste time on frivolous activity; alter children’s brains and behavior making them more prone to ADHD; expose users to predators like pedophiles and burglars; and spread false and potentially dangerous information." Source: Are social networking sites good for our society? ProCon.org
Whatever side of the fence you are on there is no doubt that social networks are rapidly becoming the norm as people realize that they can stay healthy without completely having to rely on the medical establishment.
The paradigm of healthcare is changing rapidly ..........thanks to the Internet.
Are social networking sites good for our society?
Proponents of social networking sites say that the online communities promote increased interaction with friends and family; offer teachers, librarians, and students valuable access to educational support and materials; facilitate social and political change; and disseminate useful information rapidly...
Good News Beats Bad on Social Networks
BAD NEWS SELLS. If it bleeds, it leads. No news is good news, and good news is no news. Those are the classic rules for the evening broadcasts and the morning papers, based partly on data (ratings and circulation) and partly on the gut instincts of producers and editors. Wars, earthquakes, plagues, floods, fires, sick children, murdered spouses – the more suffering and mayhem, the more coverage. But now that information is being spread and monitored in different ways, researchers are discovering new rules.
The good and the bad of social networking
“While nobody can deny that Facebook has altered the landscape of social interaction, particularly among young people, we are just now starting to see the solid psychological research demonstrating both the positives and negatives,” said Larry D. Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University.
The free online lifeline for everyone affected by cancer & related disorders.
Asian American Cancer Support Network
Asian American Cancer Support Network seeks to become a community resource network for Asian Americans affected by cancer in the Bay Area through social programs and creative fundraising.
Today, more women than ever are beating this rampant disease, and with the number of survivors growing everyday, our focus is to support you and your family along this journey. We are staffed by breast cancer survivors, and family members and friends of breast cancer patients.
CanCare of Houston, Inc. is an interfaith cancer support network that offers free, one-on-one, long-term emotional support to cancer patients and their families.
Cancer Buddies Network
Are you living through a cancer experience and you'd just love to give and receive the support and friendship of someone who understands exactly what you're going through because they've been there too?
Cancer Hope Network
Cancer Hope Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. We provide that support by matching cancer patients and/or family members with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.
Cancer Really Sucks
Cancer Really Sucks is a website designed for teenagers by teenagers who have loved ones
facing cancer. We hope to help you deal with your questions and emotions through the
healthy and effective coping strategies found in our How to Deal section. Teens are also able
to post stories about their situations, ask other teens questions, speak with professionals
through live chat, and much more.
Worklife doesn't stop once you've been diagnosed with cancer. Many women have to--and want to--work during and after treatment. Cancer and Careers offers information and tools to help working women manage their battle with cancer as effectively as they manage the rest of their lives.
No matter what type of cancer you've been diagnosed with, our popular online forum is a helpful source of community feedback and support.
CancerConnect is a comprehensive online resource center and social network for cancer patients and their caregivers. Since 1996, it has been providing best in class, disease-specific patient information, covering relevant topics such as latest treatments, management of side effects, clinical trials, and support groups.
CarePages help families stay connected, informed, and supported. When a loved one is hospitalized or receiving care it can be difficult to communicate. With CarePages, updates are shared via email automatically and visitors can leave messages for the patient and family on the Web page. CarePages give families an emotional lift that is hard to deliver in any other way.
Change.org is the world's largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see. We live in an amazing time, when the opportunity to make a difference is greater than ever before. Gathering people behind a cause used to be difficult, requiring lots of time, money, and a complex infrastructure. But technology has made us more connected than ever.
Imagine patients around the world coming together to share quantitative information on over 500 medical conditions. They talk about sensitive symptoms and compare which treatments work best for them. They track their health. New research discoveries are made based on the patient-contributed data. This is happening at CureTogether, and we believe it can have a massive global impact.
Cyclists Combating Cancer
CCC is a free support group designed for people who have beaten or are still fighting cancer - and also love cycling! If you fit the profile, we hope you'll join the team, and keep spinning...
DailyStrength.org is the largest, most comprehensive health network of people sharing their advice, tratment experiences, and support.
Diabetes Daily is the web's most active, grass-roots diabetes community. Thousands of friendly people congregate every day to
ask questions and get answers - usually in minutes, share real-time support in Live Chat and meet friends who actually understand what you're going through.
DiabetesFriends.net is free social network for diabetics or people with an interest in diabetes.
You are not alone. But we know that sometimes diabetes can make you feel that way. That's why we've created a thriving community where thousands of other dLifers share stories, exchange ideas, and support each other. A place where you can talk in the forums, join a community group, or even start a blog. Or, just lurk, listen, and learn. Our dLife experts are also here to answer your diabetes questions. So join the conversation now!
A Personal & Professional Networking Site for Doctors & Medical Students Worldwide
Firefighter Cancer Support Network
The mission of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network is to provide Fire Department members and their families an opportunity to receive assistance when dealing with cancer.
Genetic and Rare Conditions Site
Lay advocacy and support groups, information on genetic conditions and birth defects for professionals, educators, and individuals, National and International organizations.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences. You don''t have to go through the grieving process alone.
Healthedia is your guide to the best Health and Wellness blogs, podcasts and videos available on the Internet. Because our focus is on expert health social media we aggregate and organize content from the largest group of doctor blogs of any site on the Internet.
We're inspiring millions of people to connect with others with similar health backgrounds to share their experiences.
Either we, or family members/close friends, are dealing with depression or have questions about depression. Because we are here for self-help and mutual support, our intent is to provide a safe space for asking questions, sharing advice and resources, telling our stories, and being heard.
Hope for Two
The Pregnant With Cancer Network is an organization dedicated to providing women diagnosed with cancer while pregnant with information, support and hope.
We can help you cope emotionally with a cancer diagnosis. We offer counseling, support groups, classes, peer-to-peer connections and more.
The goal of LCSC has been to provide the best lung cancer center on the web to foster hope and give support to anyone affected by a lung cancer diagnosis.
MDJunction is a Health related social network,
a center for Online Support Groups.
This community is about people helping people,
sharing personal experiences and knowledge, just as it
used to be in the old days.
The world's largest health community sharing their experiences.
Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association, has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for more than 50 years.
MyLifeLine.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages cancer patients and caregivers to create free, customized websites. Our mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing
Pain Connection is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit human service agency that provides monthly support groups in Maryland. Speakers Series in Silver Spring, supervision, training, newsletter, website, information and referrals and community outreach and education.
Our goal is to enable people to share information that can improve the lives of patients diagnosed with life-changing diseases. To make this happen, we've created a platform for collecting and sharing real world, outcome-based patient data (patientslikeme.com) and are establishing data-sharing partnerships with doctors, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, research organizations, and non-profits.
When you join Pink-Link (it's free!), you are instantly linked to a network of fellow survivors, family members, medical pros and others who, in essence, become your "pen pals" via our website. 24/7, we are here for each other.
Welcome to Planet Cancer, a community of young adults with cancer in their 20s and 30s. A place to share insights, explore our fears, laugh, or even give the finger to cancer with others who just plain get it.
This is a warm-hearted and exclusive community for singles and friends with STDs. Here you can get on with your life and meet new friends, partners or potential spouses, or learn about STD medical information.
An informative and supportive menopause community for women going through the transition of perimenopause to postmenopause. Not only the physical symptoms, but the psychological and spiritual changes as well.
Prescription4Love wants to be the premier resource for people with special conditions to find each other for happiness. These days, many people are seeking others online and consequently, specialized alternative dating services have emerged. Dating with a Health condition or STD can be awkward, especially when it comes time to divulge your situation, so an online service such as Prescription 4 Love could be just the outlet for you.
If you're suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, there are drug and alcohol addiction support groups that can help you NOW. Your addiction is taking over your life, perhaps hurting the people closest to you as well as yourself. You can feel its power over you, and you know it''s time to break this bond, but you don''t know how.
The Red Hot Mamas Menopause Support Community connects patients, families, friends and caregivers for support and inspiration. This community is sponsored by Red Hot Mamas, an Inspire trusted partner.
For single parents by single parents to meet single parents.
We are dedicated to making healthy changes and relationships.
Single parents share and provide resources, inform, introduce and help in the lives of other single parents.
The Largest Online Community Created by Physicians for Physicians...On Sermo, physicians are solving difficult patient cases, exchanging the latest in medical thinking, and collaborating to impact healthcare more dramatically than any physician can achieve individually.
Sex Addicts Anonymous
Sex Addicts Anonymous, SAA, is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may overcome their sexual addiction and help others recover from sexual addiction or dependency.
Sharecare is designed to greatly simplify the search for quality healthcare information and provide consumers with the necessary tools to make smart health choices and live healthier lives.
SparkPeople's healthy living tools and content will help you find the right path, but our Community will help keep you on that path. Get motivation and support while you have fun meeting people like you who are trying to get healthy.
SupportWorks directory of support groups and other resources in Charlotte, NC addressing Heart Disease.
Connecting the dots in healthcare social media.
The Biggest Loser League
Get online access to the diet & fitness program used by the contestants - personalized to fit your goals and lifestyle.
The Compassionate Friends
When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
The Cope Foundation
A grief and healing organization
dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.
Tu Diabetes is an Online Community where the members help each other out, educate ourselves and share the steps we take every day to stay healthy while living with this very serious condition.
Type 1 Parents is a community for Parents with Diabetic kids. We are more than your typical support group you will find on the net. We not only support our members, but also give them a place to be themselves to discuss a variety of topics.
Us TOO is a grassroots organization started in 1990 by prostate cancer survivors to serve prostate cancer survivors, their spouses/partners and families.
Introducing a place where you can get help and give help within WebMD, the most trusted leader in online health information.
WEGO Health is a different kind of social network, built from the ground up for the community leaders, bloggers and tweeters who are actively involved in health online. WEGO Health is a platform for committed health advocates to foster new relationships, gain access to helpful resources, and to grow their communities. And it’s free.
Lose Together or Gain Alone...Share, learn, and motivate each other through our social network of health-minded people. Select friends who will become your goal motivators and whom will receive a weekly update on your progress.
Well Spouse is a national, not for profit membership organization which gives support to wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled. Well Spouse support groups meet monthly. Here, our members can share their thoughts and feelings openly with others facing similar circumstances in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.
Young Survival Coalition
The Young Survival Coalition's educational programs are designed to reach not only our core audience of young women affected by breast cancer but also members of the medical community, friends, family members, caregivers, the breast health community, healthy young women and the general public.