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Analyzing Tweets to Understand Attitudes Toward ED

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August 5, 2019 – A recent study1 analyzed over 40,000 tweets – posted on Twitter2 – dealing with the subjects of erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. The study demonstrated that analysis of tweets can be a useful tool for understanding attitudes toward ED, PE, and other conditions relating to sexual health.

The researchers found a number of things:

  • Sexual dysfunction is openly discussed on Twitter. There were over 40,000 related tweets over a period of 138 days.
  • Tweets relating to ED outnumbered tweets relating to PE by more than 3 to 1.
  • The most common words found in tweets relating to ED were: treatment, health, and Viagra.
  • The most common words found in tweets relating to PE were: sex, sexual, and cure.
  • Word clusters suggest recurring themes, such as medical terms being grouped together.

Further analysis could help understand general attitudes about erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, as well as the interests and needs of men suffering from erectile dysfunction.


References

  1. Sansone, A.; Cignarelli, A.; Ciocca, G.; Pozza, C.; Giorgino, F.; Romanelli, F.; and Jannini, E. A. “The Sentiment Analysis of Tweets as a New Tool to Measure Public Perception of Male Erectile and Ejaculatory Dysfunctions.” Sexual Medicine. 8/2019:S2050-1161(19)30085-6. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31395527>
  2. Twitter is a social network based on “tweets,” short messages of up to 280 characters.

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