Social media has changed the way we conduct our daily lives, and according to new information, even the way we treat our health problems.
According to the Pew Research Center’s study on the Social Life of Health information, a lot of things are changing.
“The internet has changed people’s relationships with information. Our data consistently show that
doctors, nurses, and other health professionals continue to be the first choice for most people with
health concerns, but online resources, including advice from peers, are a significant source of health
information in the U.S. ”
Grampa may be using Facebook to look into his health problems any day now.
More information on this topic can be found here.
Social media is becoming prevalent in every day life, and it would not be surprising to be assigned a story that asks about how the older people are starting to use this new tool. Any kind of technological query could jump start a story on this topic. I could interview professors of social media and get their take on the phenomenon, I could ask anyone on the street how they use social media and if their parents are involved. This could lead me to talk to parents of social media-savvy individuals. In my research I could incorporate a lot of data sets including the rise of social media (how many people have been using various forms over time), how social media changes our every day lives and quantify that data under what it’s used for and how many adults on average utilize social media to do it. While I’m talking to people I could record interviews or tape them. There are countless ways to incorporate media in journalism.