New research suggests that when it comes to talking about health on social networking sites, we’re much more likely to be spectators of the conversation than participants in it. The study, by Dr. Rosemary Thackery and colleagues at Brigham Young University, explains that nearly 60% of people report using the internet for some kind of health activity, with 40% checking out reviews of doctors, hospitals, or treatments, and more than 30% using a social network to connect with a health related group, raise money for a disease, or do another health related activity.
These are exciting numbers, and the Reg4ALL team is thrilled to see so many people engaging in the health community through the internet, especially through social networks. However, we also noticed that this study found that less than 10% of people actually post reviews of doctors, hospitals, or treatments, and only 15% post information or comment about health issues on social networking sites. That means that many more people are looking for information on the internet, than are providing information about their own experiences. Reg4ALL wants to change that. The Reg4ALL team believes that everyone has valuable experiences and knowledge that could help someone else. Reg4ALL is the place where you can share your experiences, and be proud of the way that information helps others. Join the conversation at reg4all.org.