Perception differences between the depressed and non-depressed users in Twitter

Minsu Park, David W. McDonald, Meeyoung Cha

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Abstract

One's state of mind will influence her perception of the world and people within it. In this paper, we explore attitudes and behaviors toward online social media based on whether one is depressed or not. We conducted semi-structured face-to-face interviews with 14 active Twitter users, half of whom were depressed and the other half non-depressed. Our results highlight key differences between the two groups in terms of perception towards online social media and behaviors within such systems. Non-depressed individuals perceived Twitter as an information consuming and sharing tool, while depressed individuals perceived it as a tool for social awareness and emotional interaction. We discuss several design implications for future social networks that could better accommodate users with depression and provide insights towards helping depressed users meet their needs through online social media.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013
PublisherAAAI press
Pages476-485
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 8 Jul 201311 Jul 2013

Other

Other7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period8/7/1311/7/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology

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Park, M., McDonald, D. W., & Cha, M. (2013). Perception differences between the depressed and non-depressed users in Twitter. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013 (pp. 476-485). AAAI press.

Perception differences between the depressed and non-depressed users in Twitter. / Park, Minsu; McDonald, David W.; Cha, Meeyoung.

Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press, 2013. p. 476-485.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Park, M, McDonald, DW & Cha, M 2013, Perception differences between the depressed and non-depressed users in Twitter. in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press, pp. 476-485, 7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013, Cambridge, MA, United States, 8/7/13.
Park M, McDonald DW, Cha M. Perception differences between the depressed and non-depressed users in Twitter. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press. 2013. p. 476-485
Park, Minsu ; McDonald, David W. ; Cha, Meeyoung. / Perception differences between the depressed and non-depressed users in Twitter. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, ICWSM 2013. AAAI press, 2013. pp. 476-485
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