Miscommunication of Health Facts on Social Media

Whenever there is news, whether it entails a terrorist attack, anew disease warning, the occurrence of a natural disaster or even a new health condition, people turn to social media. In the new generation, the internet serves as the new source of information. The saddest part is that people often believe what is posted. Thousands and thousands of people create blogs that contain this misleading information, and particularly that related to health. Such blogs will often have attractive headlines that carry information that is most likely to refute what science has found. Imagine a headline such as ‘Foods that Will Eliminate Cancer in Days!’. A headline such as this is likely to attract several readers, most who are desperate to counter a cancer issue they are likely to be facing in their lives. This is where the media fails.

It is important to be well informed about health facts before believing what is being posted in the media and social networks. Most of this information is merely created by money-hungry bloggers, or if not so, ill-informed bloggers. How can one avoid such traps? First of all, it is important to conduct research one your own about a health condition, before believing what has been on that website. If one feels that they are coming down with an illness, or have come across a medical piece of information, it is important to consult with a health expert as a first step. Secondly, it is important to research on the issue in sources that have been scientifically proven. Although this may be a hurdle to a majority, it is one of the surest ways to get informed.

There is no shortcut to enhancing the well-being of individuals. Ultimately, visiting a specialist and avoiding misleading information from the media is the safest way.


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