AceHealthNews – I feel depressed just thinking about it – we need people not tweets, l know that it could be used to help those that hide in their homes, but we need to talk to people, l do! #social
BY: Elizabeth Harrington
October 16, 2013 5:00 am
The federal government is studying how to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people. The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide “population level depression monitoring” through the social media site.
The project, “Utilizing Social Media as a Resource for Mental Health Surveillance,” is costing taxpayers $82,800. While Twitter has been used by government agencies, such as the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security, for national security related monitoring, the project suggests the social network can be used for public health surveillance as well.