New research published by the National Geographic Society shows how the Internet and social media are making learning about neurological injuries more difficult.
In the study, researchers found that people were more likely to ask their doctor about a brain injury if they had a Twitter account and Facebook profile, than if they were not.
The researchers also found that social media and Facebook are contributing to the increasing trend of people asking their doctors for medical records of people with traumatic brain injuries.
“These are important, but they are not the only reasons that people seek medical information about traumatic brain injury, said study co-author Amy Molnar, a PhD candidate at the University of California, San Diego.”
The most common reason is because they are seeking out medical information because of their own symptoms or a fear of a potentially debilitating outcome,” Molnars report said.”
We need to keep educating people about the severity of their symptoms, as well as the potential benefits, of brain injuries,” she said.
Molnar said the finding that people who are tweeting about traumatic injuries are more likely than those who aren’t is likely because people with a social media profile tend to have a wider audience.
Social media is also being used by athletes and other athletes in order to connect with their fans and socialize with their followers.
The researchers said this type of activity may also contribute to the increased awareness and demand for medical information.”
People tend to be more open to information when they can connect directly with their audience, and we found that these individuals are more willing to share information about their symptoms and benefit from medical treatment,” Magnaro said.
For example, in a study published last year in the journal Neurology, researchers from the University at Buffalo in New York, and the University College London found that athletes who are regularly tweeting about their injuries are at a greater risk of injury than people who don’t tweet about them.”
“If we’re trying to make sure that we get the best care possible, we need to educate our patients as much as possible about brain injuries.””
For the study published in the November issue of Neurology titled: Does social media impact learning about traumatic injury? “
If we’re trying to make sure that we get the best care possible, we need to educate our patients as much as possible about brain injuries.”
For the study published in the November issue of Neurology titled: Does social media impact learning about traumatic injury?
, researchers looked at data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), which measures alcohol consumption and other risky behaviors in the U.S. The study found that those who tweet about traumatic symptoms are about twice as likely to report experiencing symptoms as those who don�t tweet.
The study authors say they plan to conduct more studies in the future to determine whether people who tweet more frequently about traumatic conditions are more at risk for developing the condition.