I had never really considered Social Media as a source for health information. To be honest, even after this week of exploring and asking around, I am still skeptical. Just like with any source of information, you have to do your homework to decide if the source is giving truthful, accurate, and sound advice. The question with social media for me is how to go about doing that. I have some ways that work for me for other information sources, but I don’t know yet if they’ll work for social media. Like one of my classmates said in their post: social media isn’t going away, so it’s up to me to learn how to engage it.
BUT, social media is a way to engage or motivate people to live healthier lives or, if used with good discretion, as a way to remain informed about recent data releases. These are two new aspects of social media as it relates to health that I’d never considered until this week’s exploration.
Just like any tool, social media has its place. The trick is giving it a try and figuring out for yourself where that place is for you.