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One thing people don't like to post on social media

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The power of social media seems to be everywhere, but it's lagging behind in one way.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The power of social media seems to be everywhere, but it's lagging behind in one way.

A new study Brigham Young University study reports a fear of embarrassment or losing privacy could prevent you from posting information about your health.

"Ever post anything about your health?" asked ABC 4's Noah Bond. "I have not," replied Kurt Lesueur. Bond, "Would you ever consider it?" "Probably not. Usually if I'm sick or if there's something wrong with one that's more personal," Lesueur replied.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, only 10 to 15 percent of social users post questions, comments or other information about health and as a result this small group is empowered with more influence than others.

This same study found 60 percent of internet users go online for health help

"I'll Google stuff asking about symptoms trying to see if I'm healthy," said Stefani.

Researchers say social media could be a powerful platform to advance health issues in society not only for patients, but also for doctors so that they can know what people are talking about.

Click on the attached link to read the Brigham Young University study.




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