The Good, the Bad and the Ugly About Social Networks for Health Apps

Publisher:
IEEE Computing Society
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
2011 IFIP 9th International Conference on embedded and Ubiquitous (EUC), 2011, pp. 463 - 468
Issue Date:
2011-01
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Mobile devices are blending into our lives and change the way we manage our social life but also how we look after our health. Hundreds of health apps are available for mobile devices and many use social network functionalities that allow users to exchange personal experiences and discuss their health with others. This has many positive results but also negative side effects. This paper discusses the good, the bad and the ugly about social network integration with mobile health applications. It is based on a comprehensive review of literature, social networking health forums, surveys, and our own experience with health apps for mobile devices.
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