Sharing Information Promoting Unhealthy Behavior through Social Media: Examination of the Users and the Content Using the Case of Pro-Anorexia in Tumblr

@article{McLaughlin2015SharingIP,
  title={Sharing Information Promoting Unhealthy Behavior through Social Media: Examination of the Users and the Content Using the Case of Pro-Anorexia in Tumblr},
  author={Margaret L. McLaughlin and Mina Park and Yao Sun},
  journal={2015 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence (CSCI)},
  year={2015},
  pages={800-803}
}
Social media provides a place where individuals obtain health information and share social support. Previous literature, however, has suggested that social media may promote harm when users share information advocating unhealthy behaviors. By focusing on online discourse around pro-anorexia content on Tumblr (the promotion of behaviors related to the eating disorder based on a lifestyle view that being extremely thin is beautiful), this study aims to look at how information about the pro… CONTINUE READING