A Warm Welcome Matters!: The Link Between Social Feedback and Weight Loss in /r/loseit

@article{Cunha2017AWW,
  title={A Warm Welcome Matters!: The Link Between Social Feedback and Weight Loss in /r/loseit},
  author={Tiago Oliveira Cunha and Ingmar Weber and Gisele Lobo Pappa},
  journal={Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion},
  year={2017}
}
  • T. CunhaIngmar WeberG. Pappa
  • Published 18 January 2017
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion
Social feedback has long been recognized as an important element of successful health-related behavior change. How- ever, most of the existing studies look at the effect that offline social feedback has. This paper fills gaps in the literature by proposing a framework to study the causal effect that receiving social support in the form of comments in an online weight loss community has on (i) the probability of the user to return to the forum, and, more importantly, on (ii) the weight loss… 

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