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      The Internet as an Empowering Technology for Stigmatized Groups: a Case Study of Weight Loss Bloggers

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      Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction

      4 - 8 July 2011

      Stigma, Obesity, Weight loss, Weblogs, Online disclosure

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            Abstract

            Despite the offline reluctance of individuals to talk openly about weight issues, there is an abundance of personal weblogs about weight loss with remarkably open accounts of everything to do with overweight. While the widespread use of personal blogs offer opportunities for interaction and communication they also raise privacy concerns. There are both potential positive and negative consequences for stigmatized individuals of online (self-) disclosure. Why are people willing to disclose information which has a social stigma offline? And can the Internet function as an empowering technology for those who are being stigmatized?

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            Contributors
            Conference
            July 2011
            July 2011
            : 114-119
            Affiliations
            [0001]Oxford Internet Institute, Univeristy of Oxford

            1 St.Giles, OX1 3JS
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2011.35
            f2056bb0-3cf3-41fc-96f0-fdc7e5f8b238
            © Anne-Marie Oostveen. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction
            HCI
            25
            Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
            4 - 8 July 2011
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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