February 23, 2011
Pro-Anorexia Support Groups On Internet

Why pull back from self-destructive behaviors when you can join support groups that will egg you on? Of course, after you eat the egg you'll have to throw it up.

It can be a helpless and heartbreaking situation for families as they try to confront a family member with an eating disorder. What they may not know is that there’s a society on the Internet that is dedicated to thwarting any recovery from this dangerous and possibly fatal behavior.

University of Cincinnati communication researchers are reporting on a new type of social support group as social networks grow on the Web. This emerging Online Negative Enabling Support Group (ONESG) surrounding the pro-anorexia movement is reported in the current issue of the journal, New Media & Society.

Members of this society embrace anorexia as a choice rather than acknowledging it as an illness. The ONESG pro-anorexia movement reflects four themes and uses several communication strategies to encourage anorexics to embrace their harmful and dangerous impulses, writes lead author Stephen M. Haas, a UC associate professor of communication.

The internet has the very interesting quality that it allows all manner of outliers to meet each other and form support groups. Do you engage in any outlier support activity on the internet? If so, for what cause or interest?

Do you see the FuturePundit site as a place where you can communicate with other outliers? Do you want to see more coverage of any particular fringe belief that you think deserves greater support from blog posts that treat your favorite ideas as on the verge of mass acceptance?

Share |      Randall Parker, 2011 February 23 12:14 AM  Comm Tech Society


Comments
Lono said at February 23, 2011 8:06 AM:

Futurepundit, Mensa, and Slashdot are basically my outlier support groups these days....

Though I would actually be beyond thrilled to find people with my particular combination of Megalomania and Altruism - you know - the Magneto set.

I seem to only find those who are more in one camp than the other... a pity really...

I actually just started such a support special interest group in Mensa - we'll see if there are any others out there who resonate with my quest to intelligently dominate the Galaxy!

Perhaps I truly am a Stranger in a Strange Land.... I honestly hope not... although if it must be so then I look forward to the day when cloning is finally perfected - it shouldn't be that much longer now...

Michael Vassar said at February 23, 2011 9:02 AM:

Lono, The Singularity Institute is pretty much the place for smart ambitious altruists, but at this point we have been burn enough time to be extremely wary of perfectionism, narcissism and obsessive compulsive inclinations and to not want to be deeply involved with people who aren't willing to work very hard to overcome such behavioral patterns. Ambition, however, is totally desirable, and I'm not sure what you mean by megalomania. The best way to become involved is to read

http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Sequences

and then start commenting and posting here
http://lesswrong.com/

Lono said at February 23, 2011 12:53 PM:

Michael,

Thanks - I have actually been talking up the Institute a bit in the American Mensa forums since you last posted something here about it.

(as well as the unusually intelligent write-up on it recently in Time magazine)

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2048138-1,00.html

My background is in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Computer Science - so I do believe I may be a good fit for the organization - assuming you/they are also looking for contributors who do not necessarily have a Ph.D. or a successful technology company under their belt.

I will check it out - thx!

Rob said at February 23, 2011 2:21 PM:

One of sharpest and most devastatingly cogent voices of the blogosphere at The View from Hell.

hbs7tryghjjklkjfd said at March 13, 2011 3:15 PM:

"Do you engage in any outlier support activity on the internet? If so, for what cause or interest?"

There are a lot of people who have had paranormal experiences but large parts of our society don't really accept these types of things. I participate in various discussion groups for people who are interested in this subject. I frequently come across people on the internet who are genuinely concerned because they are having precognitive experiences or other types of experiences and they don't know where to turn for more information. Society in general doesn't really have a place for such people to turn to, but there is a lot of information on the internet and people with similar experiences can find each other on the internet. My web site is here:

personal experiences:
http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/psi_experience

scientific evidence:
http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/summary_of_evidence

my e-mail is on my web site if you want to contact me

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