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Are you a “lurker” or a “poster”?

Saturday 2 August 2008

Finger keyboardIt could make a difference to your overall wellbeing…

A new study of online behaviour reports that lurkers (people who visit websites and read discussions but do not become involved by contributing comments) receive less benefit – they feel “less empowered” – than posters (people who actively participate in discussions).

Read on…

The study, by Cornelia F van Uden-Kraan et al, revealed some interesting statistics:

the median age of lurkers is 47 whereas posters are younger at 43;

lurkers had a shorter disease history than posters; and

lurkers reported “lower mental well-being”.

A good summary of the study can be found here: Self-reported differences in empowerment between lurkers and posters in online patient support groups… (external link)

And the full article is here:

PubMed Central: Self-Reported Differences in Empowerment Between Lurkers and Posters in Online Patient Support Groups (external link)

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