It hasn't taken long for internet psychologists and other medical professionals to tear apart Sigman's research with claims that the data he used in his analysis is outdated and doesn't even include studies concerning internet social sites, like Facebook and Myspace.
Before You Click 'Delete My Account'...
Until peer reviewed research confirms Dr. Sigman's findings, I will continue to "poke" my friends on Facebook and keep up with my "tweeple" on Twitter. The key is to remain socially balanced. Continue to use your networking sites, but remember that real, face-to-face social interaction is important for our health and livelihood, too. There are tons of studies that show how important human interaction is to our health and well being.
Social networking sites can be a great tool to communicate with friends and family during treatment. The medical community seems to think so, also. Doctors performing a unique cancer surgery in Michigan "twittered" updates straight from the operating room. I definitely believe we are going to see more and more of this in the future.
Are you using a social network site like Twitter, Facebook, or Myspace to journal your cancer journey? If so, let us know in the "Comments" section below how it is working out for you!