Social Media Can Prevent Death

September 1, 2013

In addition to exercise and therapy, there might be another way to lower the suicide rate among veterans. Benton Pena takes a look at how, “Monitoring Amicable Media To Cut A Troops Self-Murder Rate.” Big data specialists believe that by watching veterans’ amicable social media for despondency signs they will be able to intervene at the proper moment. Using analytics, the specialists would inspect thousands of posts for key terms and other red flags. Dubbed the Durkheim Project, the goal is to build algorithms to track the phrases or words that are predictive of suicide.

The way veterans use social media is a direct reflection of their attitude. It corresponds with doctors’ notes about how veterans behave, such as a healthy patient focusing on hygiene while an unhealthy one will segway the conversation onto restlessness and fears. Monitoring social media over time paints a picture of the patient’s mood.

“This kind of sundry language, as good as a shorthand used on amicable media, can be intensely severe to analyze, pronounced Sid Probstein, a arch record officer for Attivio, that is obliged for that analysis. How those phrases change over time can also be a warning sign, Probstein said, so a outrageous volume of information has to be collected from content messages, Twitter, Facebook, and other amicable media outlets and analyzed.”

Social media has become a cache all of confessions and random thoughts, sort of like journals from the days of old. Unlike private journals, which were usually kept hidden, social media can be monitored and analyzed instantly. Preventing veteran suicides is important to post-war recovery and the work by the Durkheim Projects may indeed contribute to the saving of  lives.

Whitney Grace, September 01, 2013

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