An Unexpected Mental Health Resource: Digital Social Networks
By Carmen E Lefevre, on 1 February 2017
By: Dr. Felix S. Hussenoeder, researcher – psychologist – social marketer
While there is lots of talk about addiction, hate speech or stalking, positive health effects of social network sites (SNSs) are rarely discussed. However, there is a great – and largely untapped– potential of SNSs like facebook to promote mental health. In the following paragraphs, I will outline what makes digital networks so special, how they may help to reduce stress and related problems and what digital health professionals can contribute.