Twitter Adding to Stigma of Epilepsy, Study Says

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Twitter Adding to Stigma of Epilepsy, Study Says
Mon, 03-05-2012 - 9:24am

Seizures are no laughing matter for millions of Americans yet they still seem to be the butt of many jokes. According to Health Day News:

"The social networking service known as Twitter seems to have become a platform for derogatory comments about epilepsy and seizures, researchers say.

In a study published in the February issue of Epilepsy and Behavior, Canadian researchers analyzed nearly 11,000 seizure-related "tweets" and deemed 41 percent of them as offensive. The study authors pointed out that the messages on this social networking service could reinforce negative perceptions of the neurological disorder." READ MORE


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Registered: 06-02-2008
Mon, 03-05-2012 - 10:23am

I didn't read the article but personally I haven't encountered any jokes (that I'm aware of) regarding epilepsy or seizures.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 03-05-2012 - 11:07am

I have not, but then I don't follow Twitter (another reason, it ignore it!)...

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Registered: 07-25-2000
Sun, 03-11-2012 - 3:44pm

I saw someone comment on another board that I occasionally visit about a post that someone else had made, criticizing them for being insensitive toward people suffering from epilepsy, but I did not see the original post that they were commmenting on.

I don't do Twitter, either, so have no experience with that.