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Social Media Increases Teenage Condom Use

According to a recent report (pdf), spreading sex education messages on social media such as Facebook can be effective in raising not only awareness of STIs and pregnancy but also increasing condom use among teenagers. Lead investigator Dr. Bull suggests that “Facebook for sexual health interventions is at least equally effective as other technology-based mechanisms, and these effects match those observed for more traditional HIV prevention programs delivered in real-world settings.” Make sure to like us on Facebook so you can help spread sexual health information and perhaps make a difference. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →

Keep Your Cancer Off Facebook

I just posted about how Facebook banned a woman from posting pictures of her newborn son, and now here’s a story about Facebook banning a woman’s mastectomy photos. I’ve seen other inspirational photos of women who have battled breast cancer, so I’m not surprised that someone shared their photos on Facebook. Joanne Jackson from the UK had photos taken after her mastectomy, and chose to share them on Facebook. I love what she had to say about the photos: “I am not one who is shy but these pictures weren’t as much about me as about other women who had maybe just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It doesn’t have to be a death sentence and there is life after a mastectomy.” Continue Reading →

Only Post Pretty Pictures

My friend Jenny shared a story (ironically?) on Facebook that is all about how Facebook banned a mother’s photos, and later put the mother on a 24 hour ban from the site. I know many people who have had some rather heated discussions lately over the Timeline on Facebook, but this upsets me more. Sometimes life isn’t always sunshine and roses, and similarly that means that not every photo a person takes is going to show the “pretty” things. So Heather Walker’s son was born with Anencephaly (a defect that results in the child missing portions of the brain and skull)? One of the first things that parents do is take photos of their beautiful baby, and the Walker family was no different. Continue Reading →

Bald Is Just As Beautiful As Blonde

Over the past few days, a new campaign has been spreading like wildfire over the Internet — and that campaign is for the creation of ’Bald Barbie’.  The movement began less than a month ago, when two friends decided to make a Facebook page in order to catch Mattel’s attention (the maker of Barbie), in hopes that they would consider making the toy. The “Beautiful and Bald Barbie” Facebook page reads:
We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania . Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother’s hair loss from chemo. Many children have some difficulty accepting their mother, sister, aunt, grandparent or friend going from a long haired to a bald. Continue Reading →

Social Media In Utero? Not According to Facebook

Oh social media. Some love it, some hate it.  But regardless of your feelings – most are exposed to it.  Whether you’re a teenie-bopper who is discovering the joys of MySpace for the first time or a business firm using Twitter to ‘network’ - social media has pretty much infiltrated all of the age groups. And as of late, it’s even made it’s way in utero. Continue Reading →

Sex, Love and Stalking on Facebook and Twitter

Thanks to Jesus at Gizmodo, my morning highlight was the below Facebook Public Service Announcement, which includes rules about not changing one’s relationship status without letting the other person know, making appropriate posts on other people’s walls and more. This made me think about other Facebook and Twitter dilemmas in regard to love and relationships. For example:

- Is it okay for people to post pictures of themselves with an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend who has now moved on with their life and is trying to date other people? (I know a guy who, even after he got engaged, left photos of himself up with his various exes.) Okay? Not okay? Continue Reading →