Seeking health information is the third-most-prevalent activity among American Internet users, according to a report being issued Feb. 1 by the Pew Internet Project. The only things more universal were exchanging e-mail and using search engines.
Eight out of 10 Internet users report going online for health information, even if it’s only occasionally. “Health-care information is there when they need it,” said Susannah Fox, associate director. People most commonly look up diseases, treatments and doctors, often on behalf of a child or other dependent.
“In many ways, the Internet has become the de facto second opinion,” she said. “People go online to prepare for a doctor’s appointment – or recover from [it].”
via Washington Post