Over-sharing may be good for you. And your doctor. USA Today’s John Shinal points to the mounting volume of studies that suggest we are more forthright about our condition on social media than with ‘doctors, employers, insurance companies, and government agencies’. While this may be a hindrance for big data, there may be more opportunities if companies can integrate and curate these sources. Of the few examples cited, one study showed that ‘tracking the Twitter accounts of new mothers could help determine how likely they were to develop postpartum depression’. Privacy aside, users should already know that by sharing, they are making their ‘secrets’ open knowledge.
So there, don’t stop telling the world about what you just had for lunch.