Social networks affect the way your healthcare
The popularity of social networking makes it easy to access and share medical information, health, pharmaceutical, food, hospital, clinic … However, taking care of your health can be negatively affected if obeyed the untested sources.
Social networking allows you to reach a lot of exercise, adjust diet or quit bad habits efficiently. However, the health information on the sometimes misleading and unreliable. For health care healthy, you need to actively adjust the habit of using social networking to access to knowledge and health information in a positive way.
Positive effects of social networks
1. You inspire healthy living
When accessing and updating social networks, you will often find many share about healthy food like fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat … This will inspire you to choose what is good for health health in your meal. You can also see the photos your friend or loved one to improve physique and health as jogging, soccer, badminton … As a result, you will actively practicing sports to improve health .
Not only the information or images of people, you will need post pictures of yourself. Thus, you will endeavor to diversity their lives, such as cooking healthy gourmet cuisine, sports and beauty to be able to share the beauty and positive image to the personal pages.
2. You can easily access health information
You can update the information on health and medicine in the form of articles, photos, videos, free livestream on social networks. Many Facebook users also have expertise in medicine and good health also shared many useful information and practical social network. You can also know about the disease, changes in institutional health care or health information updates often through informal channels reputable health information.
3. You have a place to discuss and supported
Social network is a virtual world but is a means for you to ask questions and learn about the health problems of the troubled themselves in the exchange in the world is due to apprehension or fear. You can join associations, groups, forums on the social network to share health and psychological well as seeking advice and still is completely anonymous.
You may need the associations and groups on social networks when anxiety about pregnancy and childbirth or suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis … This is where you can learn medical care, diet, rest, prenatal and parenting.
Negative effects of social networks
Besides the inspiration and support you get from the online community, you should be careful to avoid the negative effects of the following when trying to healthcare.
1. You can not expect the fact
That the social picture perfect that often impractical. You can find delicious meals looked extremely quick or exercises seem easy in fact not so.
When try healthy cooking, you can see the food selection process and extremely complex processing. Besides, what other people do yoga poses are actually very difficult for you. These things can make you feel frustrated, doubts and gradually abandon the health care network ideal.
Besides the difficulties in implementing a healthy diet, advice on social networks also make you more prone to eating disorders because of picky eaters or bulimia.
2. You vulnerable to misinformation
Participation or follow the Assembly, unhealthy group also puts a psychological crisis and serious belief, which affected health. Many movements of health care is affected negatively many as anti-vaccination, use of nourishment outrageous, healing a superstition, selling drugs of unknown origin …
If unfortunately believe in trends mistakes on, how to care for your health and your family will be affected greatly. You can delay the treatment, arbitrary medication the wrong way or practice things are not good for health.
3. You are easily influenced by advertising
Not all health information sharing on social networks also have sufficient knowledge, especially when the social network allows you to anonymously share information. Many people took advantage of the interest in health to share stories, news articles or misleading drug to be a lot more monitoring, sharing, like on social networks to promote the sales profit.
In other countries, when you want to use any prescription drugs they must have a doctor’s prescription to buy it. But in Vietnam this rule is quite loose and drug sellers or functional foods use this for profit. They infiltrated the group opportunity to advertise, advice, drawing and even cheated patients buy drugs or products of unknown origin to cure gynecology, dermatology, cancer …
Reducing negative impacts of social networking
How health care has greatly influenced the lives of each person and the key to good health. In the era of social networks grow, you need to be very cautious, sober approach to the way health care science, healthy and avoid negative information in accordance with the following suggestions.
1. Collect information on social networking
Social networking allows you to choose the tracking information from whom, from where should you initially select the information sources you trust to watch. This source can be people who have active lifestyles and healthy as well as those who have knowledge or expertise about health. Similarly, you should only join groups you know healthy information.
Medical websites Vietnamese or English HONCode are updated address the medical knowledge often precise and scientific formula you can reference. Only sites reputable health, just give advice, not replace doctors diagnose and new sources of information clearly get this certification.
2. Do not share information you do not understand
The majority of people on the social network for entertainment should not have much time and often do not seriously should have the mentality shared an article to save readings later. This is a bad habit and create conditions for the false information, misinformation have the opportunity spread quickly on social networks. If you just want to share to save all, let regime “personal” or private means you only read other people to avoid confusion and misunderstanding.
3. Consult with your doctor before applying information
An information and more people like or share does not mean health care that is true and right for you. Health care, especially a treatment for clinical examination should be realistic so you can not consult a doctor Google and followers who have cured to arbitrarily medication. During treatment and after treatment need to be closely monitored by doctors and medical staff.
4. Exercise caution when joining the group of cancer patients
Cancer patients need the community to overcome the pain and cure. However, many clubs of cancer patients where dietary supplements sold and promoted cancer cure very misleading many people lost golden time cancer treatment.
Patients and family members should join the group of doctors answered, consulting, operating as the group “Support for cancer patients” or group “Support for breast cancer patients.”
Social networking can be an inspiration and motivation to help you live healthier, but also full of misinformation about health care. You should be aware and selective information carefully before any private information or advice on social network offline.