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Lisa Fayed

Myspace and Facebook Cause Cancer?

By February 20, 2009

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That's what British researcher, Dr. Aric Sigman claims. His study suggests that using social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook could cause harm to our bodies, resulting in diseases like cancer. Dr. Sigman believes that the lack of face-to-face social interaction can indirectly cause our genes to alter, ultimately causing disease. He also notes the psychological consequences of excessive amount of socializing on the internet.

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and other medical professionals to tear apart Sigman's research with claims that the data he used in his analysis is outdated and doesn't even include studies concerning internet social sites, like Facebook and Myspace.

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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!
Comments
February 20, 2009 at 11:39 pm
(1) Susan RoAne says:

Lisa,
This is a very interesting premise. I received your blog as I get google alerts on FAce to Face (the title of my book). Peer review should provide more data but it’s all about balance, connection, real friends and online buddies.

Thanks for the alert!

Best to you.

February 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm
(2) Courtney says:

Planet Cancer is a social networking site (referred to as MySpace on prednisone) for young adults with cancer, so the irony is delicious that it could now cause MORE cancer.

There’s no doubt, if you visit Planet Cancer, that the social networking sphere is SAVING lives, in our cases. We young adults with cancer rarely if ever encounter someone our own age in the waiting room or support groups. We need the electronic bond with our peers across the world who want to laugh about wig choices, debate how to hide a port scar, or when to tell a date about your cancer.

April 29, 2013 at 9:26 am
(3) online community says:

The watermarks are there to show the ownership of the photo and to prevent any unpaid use
of the image. Distractions can come in the form of pop-up ads, emails, instant messages,
and those are only from the computer. _ Ensure that
you are committed in supervising your social networks _ Responsibility is very much needed
in terms of setting up, maintaining and monitoring your accounts
and business profiles.

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