Lack of support drives social media use among psoriasis patients
Nearly half of psoriasis patients (48 percent) who do not have support from friends and family say they use social media regularly compared to 31 percent of those with support, according to a study conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation and Inspire, a company that builds and manages online patient communities.
The study of social media habits from members of the Inspire/National Psoriasis Foundation TalkPsoriasis.org community found that psoriasis patients use social media more for practical advice rather than emotional support. About eight in 10 psoriasis patients say they use social media because they want to learn how others manage their disease, as well as gets tips and ideas they couldn’t find elsewhere.
Other findings include:
- Use and reliance of social media varies depending on the severity of the disease. Thirty-five percent of those with moderate to severe psoriasis belong to one or more social media sites versus 15 percent of those with mild psoriasis.
- People with moderate to severe psoriasis are more likely to use social media for emotional support (50 percent) versus those with mild forms of psoriasis (one-third).
- Psoriasis patients are avid users of social media: 70 percent use any type of social media at least several times per week and 44 percent use psoriasis-specific social media sites several times per week.
View the infographic to learn about social media trends for psoriasis patients.
Jan. 14, 2013