The Atlantic: YouTube Videos Are a Gold Mine for Health Researchers

The Atlantic: YouTube Videos Are a Gold Mine for Health Researchers. “Using passive social-media or smartphone data to infer someone’s health status or to study health dynamics broadly is called digital phenotyping, and it’s a growing field of study. Researchers are now using the great wealth of information that users provide to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram to create algorithms that might detect HIV, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, and suicide risk, allowing, they hope, for preventative interventions.”