This is really interesting to run across, because the whole reason I sought out tudiabetes was in hope of finding a community where type-2s are welcomed and there's a community of us. There's a decent community of diabetics on Tumblr, which is where I came here from, but for some reason it's almost entirely type-1s, and while I don't think I've run across any out and out "you can't be here" there does seem to be kind of an undercurrent of "stay out of our tag/we're not like you; it's not OUR fault WE'RE diabetic" a lot of the time. (I don't mean to sound negative about it, but I do want to accurately share the vibe I get from it.) I'm not sure why type 2s aren't joining in on the conversation there more, or starting our own. I think I'm the only type 2 to post frequently in the diabetes tags on tumblr right now, and one of only a few that seem to post on them semi-regularly.
Anyway, I haven't personally found a lot of support there, and wanted some. So here I am. :)
1) how has social media affected you?
In general it's helped me to stay a little more in touch with people. I'm kind of an introvert, so I like that I can check in on social media when I'm up to it, interact with it on my own time, and check out for a while if I need to. I also really like learning from other people and sharing experiences, and that is WAY easier for me online than in person.
2) how do you use social media in respect to your diabetes (ie, support, information, meet friend, chat, etc)
I started a tumblr about my diabetes, and I've been attempting to join the diabetic community there a bit. It's very slow going, and the type 2s seem to be strangely invisible. Otherwise I've just read a few blogs. I'm hoping I can learn to use this site (it's set up differently from any other forums I've used, so I'm still learning how to navigate :) ) and find some new friends who "get" this part of my life, and be able to share resources and such, without feeling like I don't fit.
3) why do you think there aren't alot of Type 2 diabetics using social media or have blogs?
I HAVE NO IDEA and it's really weird! There are SO MANY of us! And this road can be tough - why aren't more of us seeking each other out? I do wonder if for a lot of us that theme of "It's your fault you're diabetic/you got yourself here" judgment makes it too depressing/scary to talk about it a lot or something. Maybe there's a feeling of I-need-to-just-buckle-down-and-fix-this-myself or something. Maybe it's too hard to find where we can connect? I don't know.
4)what do you think can be done to have Type 2 diabetics to become more socially active?
I'd like to see Type 2 social media be more visible. In spite of my fairly good Google-fu, I had a hard time figuring out where I could find an active community where Type 2s were present and welcome. I found tudiabetes when a type 1 on Tumblr mentioned it in passing in one of their posts. I came over here to look but for some reason I initially thought it was for type 1 folks only. It wasn't until I ran across another mention of the site at the end of this video that I decided to check it out again.
I've also looked for type-2 blogs, and really not turned up anything.
I'd also love if someone would make a resource page or something that lists different type-2 blogs, social media groups/sites, etc. That stuff just feels really hard to find.
5) why do you think Type 2 are not as vocal about their diabetes as type 1's.
I think there's a lot of shaming/judgment that comes (or that we fear coming) with telling someone we have type 2 diabetes. I know type 1s also get this a lot, thanks to most people not having a good understanding about type 1's existence and what contributes to it. But I think with type 2 we've absorbed a lot of that shaming/judgment into ourselves, so we feel like we deserve it when others do it, maybe. At any rate, I think it can make someone with type 2 a lot more reluctant to acknowledge it or "make a show of it" by blogging about it or something. Like, it can feel like it's something you're supposed to be ashamed of and hide away until you can "straighten yourself up and quit being such a fat slob" and say you overcame it.
Stigma! That's the word I've been trying to come up while writing this reply. I think there's a lot of stigma attached to being type 2 diabetic, and I think that contributes enormously.
I also kind of wish doctors, when you get the diagnosis or are trying to manage things better or whatever, would suggest that you check out online communities. It might help people seek out online connections.