Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Future of Online Activism

Social media is constantly evolving and becoming easier to use. More networks are opening up allowing more and more people to join online communities and seek support and gain information on a wide range of condition.
For me, suffering with Crohn's Disease, there are various organisations and social networking sites available both home and abroad, people can join to communicate with others. It's a wonderful thing when diagnosed with any medical condition to know you are not alone, and the level if support available is incredible. It can be very overwhelming in the early stages of a diagnosis to come to terms with the new life you have no choice but to lead, and these sites and organisations can offer advice and invaluable information required to set you on the right path.
I would hope for the future online 'activism' these organisations will continue to flourish and grow. They will gain new members and encourage others to contribute and get involved in more aspects of their output. I've loved being able to contribute towards other websites and add my thoughts to online discussions. These bring people together in a great way - information, opinions and personal experiences can be shared across the globe. This is very valuable outcome of online activism as it allows people to learn from people in the same position - people going through what you are going through. People who understand.
The more people who get involved the larger and more fruitful these online sites can become. One big happy diseased family!

This post was written as part of NHBPM - 30 health posts in 30 days

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