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Forums are good for your well-being

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Flexin, Apr 26, 2015.

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  1. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Here is an interesting article on online forums.

    A new study has found that internet discussion forums have positive links to well-being and are even associated with increased community engagement offline, contrary to a common perception of them being outdated and prone to trolling.

    Research just published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that online forums have benefits for both individuals and wider society and are of greater importance than previously realised.

    Although seemingly eclipsed in the past decade by social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, forums are still regularly used by around 10% of online users in the UK and 20% in the US. The study's authors believe this value may stem in part from the fact that forums represent one of the few remaining spaces online that afford the user the potential for anonymous interaction.

    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-online-discussion-forums-good-well-being.html#jCp

    I have always felt that way which is why I started one. I find them a much better source of information and are better for sharing info on topics.

    James
     
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    Interesting article. I'm surprised the percentage of online people who use forums was so low (20% for US, 10% for UK).
     
  3. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    I agree with you. I would have thought it would be higher then that. I have been on some large sites.

    Social media hurt forums a lot. They have their place but I think forums have them best when it comes to sharing information and having discussions.

    James
     
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