Researchers from the University of Southern California recently found that social networks can stimulate changes in the health behavior of individuals.
Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are just a few of the social media networks that have become popular in the past few years. Social media networks allow individuals to share photos, stories, video, and other forms of communication with friends and family. Investigators have studied how social media has become integrated in people’s daily lives. In particular, researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) recently found that social networks can stimulate changes in the health behavior of individuals.
With the project, the team of public health researchers was inspired to study the “science” behind social influence. They believe that an understanding of online and face-to-face interactions can improve disease prevention and help promote public health issues. The researchers concluded that it is necessary to understand a group’s social structure and social dynamics to understand the factors that influence a group member’s decision making.
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