Facebook Posts Can Reveal Medical Conditions: Study

TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Medical conditions are among the many things your social media activity can reveal about you, according to a new study.

By analyzing nearly 950,000 posts of more than 500 words by 999 Facebook users, researchers were able to predict 21 types of medical conditions, ranging from skin disorders to pregnancy, CNN reported.

"People's personality, mental state, and health behaviors are all reflected in their social media and all have tremendous impact on health," according to the researchers.

They looked for language in the posts that likely indicated characteristic behavior or symptoms of certain conditions, CNN reported.

The study will be published June 19 in the journal PLoS One.

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