Social media allows for a wealth of social interactions. More recently, there is a growing use of social media for the purposes of health education. Using an adaptation of the Networked student model by Drexler (2010) as a conceptual model, this article conducts a literature review focusing on the use of social media for health education purposes. The review found evidence of the phenomenon, allowing for a discussion surrounding the implications of social media with a health education perspective. Major benefits and risks of social media from a health education perspective are also discussed.
While the arrival of Web 2.0 with its many opportunities for users to connect, exchange information, and socially engage has revolutionized our lives, it has also generated new challenges. One area in which the use of social media requires particular judiciousness is health decisions. As we know, poor health decisions based on misappropriate or wrong information put a person at risk for emotional, physical, and other harm. This noted, there is little doubt that social media is here to stay and that an increasing number of health consumers are using social media to make decisions about their health. This paper is an effort to understand this trend as well as explore the relationship between social media and the information we access through it to make choices related to personal health.