social networks http://nhpr.org en Insta-Envy: Why Social Networking Is Depressing http://nhpr.org/post/insta-envy-why-social-networking-depressing <p>One in thirteen people on earth use Facebook. It’s a staggering number, and evidence of the human desire to connect with others through social media. Research at the Human-Computer Institute at Carnegie Mellon and other places have found that passively following the lives of others on Facebook can have the opposite effects, triggering feelings of depression, envy, and isolation. <strong>Jessica Winter </strong>is senior editor at Slate, and <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/07/instagram_and_self_esteem_why_the_photo_sharing_network_is_even_more_depressing.html" target="_blank">argues that the hipster-centric photo-filtering social network </a>Instagram, is even worse.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:20:53 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32654 at http://nhpr.org Insta-Envy: Why Social Networking Is Depressing CrowdMed: Diagnosing Unsolved Sicknesses With Crowdsourcing http://nhpr.org/post/crowdmed-diagnosing-unsolved-sicknesses-crowdsourcing <p>After using email and using a search engine, looking for health information is the third most popular web activity for internet users. That’s according to a 2011 study by the Pew Internet &amp; American Life Project. <a href="http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23392-crowd-diagnosis-could-spot-rare-diseases-doctors-miss.html">A new website combines that quest with the popularity of online crowd-sourcing</a>...or putting communal wisdom to work on perplexing problems. <a href="https://www.crowdmed.com/">CrowdMed</a> is a site for crowd-sourcing medical diagnoses. It uses the collective wisdom of some actual – and mostly armchair -medical professionals to solve tough medical cases and diagnose rare diseases that left traditional healthcare professionals stumped.</p><p><a href="http://about.me/jaredheyman"><strong>Jared Heyman</strong></a> is founder of the online market research firm Infosurv, his new venture is CrowdMed.&nbsp;&nbsp; welcome to word of mouth.</p><p><strong>Clare Martorana</strong> worked previously as a general manager and editor-at-large of Web-MD, and now serves as an advisor for CrowdMed. Wed, 15 May 2013 18:55:31 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27551 at http://nhpr.org