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Do Lurkers Benefit from Online Support Groups?

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Apotheosis

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According to recently published research, yes.

Online support groups, available for more than two decades now, are an invaluable lifeline for millions of Internet users. They cover virtually any topic imaginable, ranging from health concerns like cancer and M.S., to mental health concerns such as depression and ADHD.

People typically find two things on such support groups — information and emotional support. The information is unique, because it’s not something you’ll find on a dry, static medical article. And it’s surprisingly accurate, because misinformation is quickly corrected by other community members before it’s allowed to propagate. Emotional support is an important and oft-overlooked ingredient in our health and well-being, especially when facing a life-threatening illness. It helps us feel like we’re not alone in coping with our concerns and gives us a sense of direction and empowerment.....

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http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/07/24/do-lurkers-benefit-from-online-support-groups/
 
honeyquince

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Well spotted! We'd figured that one out hadn't we.

It's interesting about the idea of accumulating knowledge, bit like wikki where it emerges through everyones contribution.
 
icetsunami

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There are numerous groups for people with internet addictions. If you have internet access you can participate!:scared:
 
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