People engaged in health specific social media sites quit smoking easier: Study

Washington, Sept. 27 (ANI): A recent study has revealed that smokers who are engaged in health specific social networking sites find it easier to quit smoking.

A researcher from the University of Georgia, Joe Phua found that as participation on the health specific sites increased, members began to build a sense of community on the sites and started to identify more strongly with co-members and related with same smoking habits.

The study found that members also maintain abstinence for a longer period of time, because of their increased sense of self-efficacy to abstain from smoking during tempting situations.

According to the study, members on health specific social networking sites build a strong social interconnectedness with other people who have same heath issues, and help them achieve their health goals in shorter period of time.

Phua said that the study helps further the notion that social networking sites and other forms of social media can help people to improve their health conditions adding that it can be used as a standalone way to improve chronic health conditions, or as part of a holistic treatment plan that includes both professional offline help and online social media sites. (ANI)

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