Seeking and sharing health information online: comparing search engines and social media

  title={Seeking and sharing health information online: comparing search engines and social media},
  author={Munmun De Choudhury and Meredith Ringel Morris and Ryen W. White},
Search engines and social media are two of the most com-monly used online services; in this paper, we examine how users appropriate these platforms for online health activi-ties via both large-scale log analysis and a survey of 210 people. While users often turn to search engines to learn about serious or highly stigmatic conditions, a surprising amount of sensitive health information is also sought and shared via social media, in our case the public social plat-form Twitter. We contrast what… CONTINUE READING
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