Use of Social Media in Public Health teaching: 5 reasons why and some words of caution | International Journal of Public Health | Gestionando la comunicación en el sector sociosanitario |

The use of social media has increased dramatically over the last decade.  Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have allowed the rapid communication of ideas and news around the world at fast speeds.  Recent estimates suggest that over 90% of young adults have some type of online presence, weather it is in the form of a Facebook page, and/or Twitter or LinkedIn account.  Moreover, it is estimated that over 80% of 25-34 year olds browse the World Wide Web regularly, with 50% of these accessing the Web from a mobile device.  This presents a great opportunity for educators, especially in the Public Health arena, to interact and engage students in a field that is rapidly changing and depends on timely information to make decisions, which may have a potential effect in the population as a whole.

Via Marie Ennis-O'Connor