Social Media & Health

Adolescent and Young Adult Use of Social Media for Health and Its Implications

Authors: Hausmann JS, Touloumtzis C, White MT, Colbert JA, Gooding HC

Summary: Drs. Hausmann and Dedeoglu and their collaborators surveyed adolescents and young adults about their health related social media use. They found that a majority of the participants in the study shared health information on social media but 75% recognized that social media was not a reliable source of health related information. Those with self-reported poor health were more likely to share information on social media. This study helps physicians to better understand how young people share information about their health.

Publication Information: Journal of Adolescent Health, June 2017