Online Forum Users Tend to be Healthy, Civically Active

By Rick Nauert PhD

Although some may think online forums are outdated, a new study discovers forum participation is associated with well-being and community engagement. Researchers found forums to be generally of greater individual and societal benefit than many have realized.

Discussion forums are still regularly used by around 10 percent of online users in the U.K. and 20 percent in the U.S.

As published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, the study authors believe the value of forums may stem in part from the fact that they represent one of the few remaining spaces online that afford the user the potential for anonymity.