Self-Diagnosis by Social Media: Preferred Platforms Differ by Generation


Gen Z is most likely to use social media to self diagnose and YouTube is the top platform for diagnosis content; there is so much more to learn from this survey.

Health information is everywhere on social media. Very little of the content is created by medical professionals, the preponderance being generated by “content creators,” “influencers,” and everyday users, and that's a problem.

A recent survey by practice technology consultant Tebra queried a representative sample of 1000 US adults about what platforms they consult most often for medical information, the types of self-diagnoses they make, whether they follow-up with a health care professional, and what the pros and cons are of social media diagnosis content. Click through the slides here to find out where boomers, Millennials, and Gens X and Y getting their medical information.

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