Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good. Third International Conference, GOODTECHS 2017, Pisa, Italy, November 29-30, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

Dynamics of Emotions and Relations in a Facebook Group of Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-76111-4_27,
        author={Gianfranco Lombardo and Alberto Ferrari and Paolo Fornacciari and Monica Mordonini and Laura Sani and Michele Tomaiuolo},
        title={Dynamics of Emotions and Relations in a Facebook Group of Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa},
        proceedings={Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good. Third International Conference, GOODTECHS 2017, Pisa, Italy, November 29-30, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={GOODTECHS},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Social network analysis Emotion detection Sentiment analysis Hidradenitis suppurativa Facebook},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-76111-4_27}
    }
    
  • Gianfranco Lombardo
    Alberto Ferrari
    Paolo Fornacciari
    Monica Mordonini
    Laura Sani
    Michele Tomaiuolo
    Year: 2018
    Dynamics of Emotions and Relations in a Facebook Group of Patients with Hidradenitis Suppurativa
    GOODTECHS
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76111-4_27
Gianfranco Lombardo1, Alberto Ferrari1, Paolo Fornacciari1, Monica Mordonini1, Laura Sani1, Michele Tomaiuolo1,*
  • 1: Università di Parma
*Contact email: michele.tomaiuolo@unipr.it

Abstract

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is an orphan, underdiagnosed and painful disease of the skin that has a considerable negative impact on quality of life and on emotional well-being. As reported by the italian HS patients’ association (Inversa Onlus), this condition brings patients to develop an emotional closure with the consequence that they often don’t talk about their condition with anybody. In this paper we discuss some results obtained by applying automatic emotion detection and social network analysis techniques on the Facebook group of the Inversa Onlus association. In particular, we analyze the patients’ emotional states, as expressed by the post published from 2010 to 2016, and how these emotions are influenced by friendships in the group, during the years.