A Study of Social Media Behaviors and Mental Health Wellbeing from a Privacy Perspective

Tian Wang, Masooda Bashir

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Abstract

Mental healthcare services are insufficient under the current circumstances due to growing populations with mental health issues, the lack of enough mental health professionals, services, and programs that are needed. Traditional methods are often time consuming, expensive, and not timely. At the same time an increasingly number of people are using social media to interact with others and to share their personal stories and reflections. In this study we examined if online users’ social media activities were influenced by their mental well-being. To carry out this research we assessed Twitter activities between participants that reported high symptoms of depression and those with lower or no symptoms of depression. Our results confirm the influence in their activities in addition to interesting insights. We believe these findings can be beneficial to mental health care providers if users’ privacy is preserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Artificial Intelligence, Software and Systems Engineering - Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conferences on Software and Systems Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence and Social Computing
EditorsTareq Ahram
PublisherSpringer
Pages137-144
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030513276
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
EventAHFE Virtual Conferences on Software and Systems Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence and Social Computing, 2020 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jul 16 2020Jul 20 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1213 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Virtual Conferences on Software and Systems Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence and Social Computing, 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period7/16/207/20/20

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Social media behaviors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Wang, T., & Bashir, M. (2021). A Study of Social Media Behaviors and Mental Health Wellbeing from a Privacy Perspective. In T. Ahram (Ed.), Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Software and Systems Engineering - Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conferences on Software and Systems Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence and Social Computing (pp. 137-144). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 1213 AISC). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51328-3_20