WRC 1013/1023: Freshman Composition: Exploring Critical Issues
Introduction: Health and Technology
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?