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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(7), 775; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14070775

An Analysis of Anxiety-Related Postings on Sina Weibo

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School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Centre for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
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Received: 10 June 2017 / Revised: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 11 July 2017 / Published: 13 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Science and Engineering)
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This study examines anxiety-related postings on Sina Weibo to gain insight into social networking about mental health. The themes of a random sample of anxiety-related postings (n = 1000) were assessed. The disclosure of anxiety was the most common theme. The prevalence of anxiety was higher in certain areas where the economy is stronger than others, and the people living there suffered from more stress. Users who talked about feeling anxious tended to be more active on social media during leisure hours and less active during work hours. Our findings may be developed to detect and help individuals who may suffer from anxiety disorders at a low cost. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media; mental health; public health; anxiety; Sina Weibo social media; mental health; public health; anxiety; Sina Weibo
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Tian, X.; He, F.; Batterham, P.; Wang, Z.; Yu, G. An Analysis of Anxiety-Related Postings on Sina Weibo. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 775.

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