Online social integration is associated with reduced mortality risk

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, October 2016
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10 blogs
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444 tweeters
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11 Facebook pages
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Title
Online social integration is associated with reduced mortality risk
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, October 2016
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1605554113
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Authors

William R. Hobbs, Moira Burke, Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler, Hobbs, William R, Burke, Moira, Christakis, Nicholas A, Fowler, James H,

Abstract

Social interactions increasingly take place online. Friendships and other offline social ties have been repeatedly associated with human longevity, but online interactions might have different properties. Here, we reference 12 million social media profiles against California Department of Public Health vital records and use longitudinal statistical models to assess whether social media use is associated with longer life. The results show that receiving requests to connect as friends online is associated with reduced mortality but initiating friendships is not. Additionally, online behaviors that indicate face-to-face social activity (like posting photos) are associated with reduced mortality, but online-only behaviors (like sending messages) have a nonlinear relationship, where moderate use is associated with the lowest mortality. These results suggest that online social integration is linked to lower risk for a wide variety of critical health problems. Although this is an associational study, it may be an important step in understanding how, on a global scale, online social networks might be adapted to improve modern populations' social and physical health.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 3%
Germany 1 1%
Portugal 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
Senegal 1 1%
Unknown 62 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 37%
Other 10 15%
Researcher 8 12%
Student > Master 6 9%
Student > Postgraduate 3 4%
Other 16 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 17 25%
Psychology 13 19%
Computer Science 8 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 10%
Other 15 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1730. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 March 2017.
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#22
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