I have been to several conference in the past weeks that were about the impact of social media. I was the only blogger that I met that was doing advocacy for a chronic disease. Met lots of mommy bloggers and food bloggers but nothing about the social ills of society. So blogging and social media is still full of shiny happy people.....
I prose the question to TYPE 2 DIABETICS. this may sound mean but I am not interested in a Type1 diabetic view point. They don't even notice a problem most of the time..
1) how has social media affected you?
2) how do you use social media in respect to your diabetes (ie, support, information, meet friend, chat, etc)
3) why do you think there aren't alot of Type 2 diabetics using social media or have blogs?
4)what do you think can be done to have Type 2 diabetics to become more socially active?
5) why do you think Type 2 are not as vocal about their diabetes as type 1's.
Ethnicity is very important in diabetes. You see it mentioned all the time in major studies and even on the ADA website. It is just the personal blogs mainly by T1's that shy away from it.
Being Black, I have no problems talking ethnicity since it is a way of life for me. Since moving to California I am surprised with people asked me if I am mixed with something.
Diabetes is ravishing Black and Latino communities mainly because of poor distribution of education and awareness. Similar to the digital divide. There are Indian communities in the USA and Canada that have a high incidence of Type 2 diabetes in teenagers and the whole family.
I have been racked over the coals to many times for my thoughts and stats about diabetes/ethnicity. Here they want to live in a Kumbiya world.
And as bad as the lack of resources is in minority communities -- and it is bad, no question -- it's an order of magnitude worse in third world countries. Talk to a diabetic in rural India or Africa some time. It'll give you chills.
Wow. I must be living in an antiseptic bubble or something. I have been T2 for 17 years and have never been on the receiving end of a flame. The T1's that I correspond with here have been uniformly courteous, receptive, and just basically grown-up about it.
I spend a lot of time on tuD. I used to spend a lot of time on FB but recently quit it and deactivated my account for reasons entirely unconnected with diabetes.
I do find social media useful. Right now my control is the best it has ever been. Reviewing what I have learned about managing this insane disease, I'd say I learned 49% of it from self study, 49% from social media, and 2% from the ADA/Medical establishment, much of whose advice and traditional wisdom is just plain wrong.
I also find the chat room here to be extremely valuable, for mental support, as a bank of experience to draw upon, and even for comic relief. This is especially so now that it is staying up 24x7.