WRC 1013/1023: Freshman Composition: Exploring Critical Issues

Sources for WRC 1013: Christina Frasier, Darren Meritz & Pamela Mahan

Introduction: Health and Technology

This section contains two related subjects: a group of articles on E-Health, followed by a second box with a group of articles on Social Media and Health Support.

Technology has impacted the way that we access health information, obtain social support for health issues, and how we interact with medical professionals. In one sense, technology provides people with more power and control over their health decisions by providing resources for research and self-diagnosis. In another sense, self-diagnosis and access to medical information online can be misunderstood and misused by non-medically trained individuals. In addition to the ability to research various health conditions online and even receive an online diagnosis, people can now turn to social media and online communities for help and support regarding physical or mental health conditions.

What are the benefits of this access to knowledge and support? What are the dangers or downsides?

Link to Reading Comprehension Questions

E-Health: Accessing Medical Information Online

Social Media and Health Support