In recent years, digital media for health purposes have become more and more popular in the world, which have changed the knowledge of health issues of human beings(Chretien, 2011). Moreover, it is an important progression in people’s health. Various social media have been used to provide the newest and the most helpful information on health, and then it could be supported to the patients conveniently. Such social digital medias can improve people’s health conditions to some great degree, for modern people are always busy with their work and have little time to see a doctor or a fitness professional. Some digital media for health purposes have provided convenience to human beings to take care of themselves in daily lives, which can contribute to the prosperous development of the society and the whole world.
All the websites that can offer health information have attracted the attention of many people, and the websites have changed the way people communicate with each other(Choudhry, 2002). With the building of the community on the Internet, the speed of sharing information and delivering message has increased to a great extent, which can benefit the health of common people in the long run.
The WebMD is one website that can be useful to share information on health and support people’s fitness in daily life. What is more, to some degree, this platform can offer common people with the health news, and the supportive communities are quite beneficial to the general health of people (Bender, 2011). The information source of the WebMD can be credible, for it has been recognized by the government with the time passing by.
隨著技術的飛速發展和信息時代的到來，網絡醫學在全國人民的總體健康狀況中也起著至關重要的作用。本文將分析WebMD與現代人健康的關系（Choudhry，2002）。此外，本論文的主要焦點是webmd網站如何改變對健康問題的認知，以及它如何改變與健身教練和健康的關系。With the rapid progression of technique and the information age, the WebMD also plays an essential role in the general health conditions of people in the whole country. This paper will analyze the relationship between WebMD and modern people’s health(Choudhry, 2002). Additionally, the main focus of the thesis is how the WebMD website has altered the perception of the health problems and the way it can alter the relations with the fitness instructors and health as well.
1. The perceptions of people on health issues and the digital media
The digital media have affected the perceptions of human beings on the health issues dramatically during these years. In the past, the health information was hard to get, which has caused great inconvenience to common people. Only wealthy people and the people with high social status could enjoy the best medical care when they got ill long time ago, but nowadays, with the development of the information age, the health information can support the patients dramatically (Chretien, 2011). Peer-to-peer healthcare has occurred, which can be seen as a source for the support and the information of the patients. In a survey that has been conducted in 2011, 1/5 of the adult online users in America who have chronic medical conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, began to surf the internet to search others who also suffer the same medical conditions (Choudhry, 2002). The patients with the chronic illness, sometimes, are sad and may find themselves meaningless to live in the world, which is more dreadful than the sickness itself. However, nowadays, more and more patients employ the internet as the best tool to share the individual clinical information, get the emotional support and ask for the management guidance for diabetes from other groups on Facebook or some forums. Patients can employ the Internet, such as the WebMD, to learn more knowledge of the health, which have changed people’s perceptions on the health problems to a great degree. In the past, people can only ask for a doctor to know the illness of him or her (Greysen, 2012). However, nowadays, people can just tap into the health information on the Internet to get the knowledge, which has satisfied common people in daily lives. The WebMD will update the latest news on health issues to offer people to read, enabling common people and the patients to get the health information timely. The perceptions of people on the health issues, such as the understanding of mental health, have been changed obviously, because on the website, there is much information on introducing the reasons and the symptoms of the abnormal behaviors when someone has some kinds of mental illness. In the past, many people do not know the way to avoid the mental illness, but now, people can get the help form the Internet, such as the WebMD, to protect themselves and their family members (Hawn, 2009). The information on the physical health has also been discussed online, which have added the knowledge of people on the issues of physical health. For instance, most people do not know how the diabetes can be treated with the daily diets. The diabetes can be passed to the next generation without reasonable treatment as well. It is not sensible for patients with diabetes to eat some foods with sugar, for sugar can make the disease become much worse than before. However, in modern time, patients with diabetes can easily find the advice on the Internet, such as WebMD to assist them to get over the disease. The diabetes is not so dreadful at all if this disease can be treated with proper ways in the daily food, and the food without sugar is the best choice for them. Through this comparison, the information age is beneficial to the patients to a great degree. Also, the medical professions can also sell medicines or medical services on the Internet to make some profits, which has become popular in large cities. The convenience has played a great role in the development of the digital media for health purposes (Jewell, 2007).
Compared with the previous health care, nowadays, people can find better health conditions online through the information on the website (Torke, 2011). Almost all the information about the health care organizations or professionals have been posted on the relative internet to assist patients or the relatives of the patients to choose the most comfortable or the perfect health care institutions to help the patients to get back to health. In the 19th century, most people do not know how to surf the internet or can not afford for a computer (Eaton, 2011). In modern time, the usage of computer has become quite popular, which has promoted the development of the digital media on health issues.
With the development of some health websites, the physicians can employ the social networks to respond to the medical questions, which can be considered as a great change in the health field. The perceptions of the physicians or doctors have also been altered by the development of the social media on health conditions (Jain, 2009). For instance, on the website WebMD, the medical professionals can use the online community to communicate with the patients when they need some important information on their health or chronic illness, so it is one of the dramatic changes in the health field or the medical field. The doctors or the medical professionals can discuss the choices of treatment with the patients or the relatives of the patients. Moreover, the patients or the family members of the patients can employ the WebMD to seek for the advice of the experts in the medical field (Massagli, 2010). All the doctors online are with professional knowledge and abundant experience, so the advice of them are credible. Once the information of the doctors or the professionals is not true, they will be punished by the law. Therefore, the doctors on the internet are always responsible to the patients and try their best to help the patients to get the right information and to solve some health issues effectively. In this way, the perceptions of the medical professions and the patients have been altered to adjust to the quick development of the information age. It is never too late to learn new matters or new knowledge, so for the sake of the health of oneself, people are always interested in some practical medical ways to improve the body and mental health. It is clever to accumulate the health knowledge to benefit the fitness in the long run, in thathealth is the key element in one’s life(Urquhart, 2000). Only by keeping healthy can human beings be happy in daily life.
The distinctions between the perceptions on health issues in the past and in modern time are obvious. For example, in the past, many people do not know how to take care of the babies, especially the young parents(Choudhry, 2002). When the baby got some kinds of illness, parents had to ask for a doctor to see the baby. However, nowadays, the parents can ask for a doctor or a medical profession for help on the internet to take care of their little babies well. This progression can benefit the development of people’s health conditions and the whole society in the long run. Although the perceptions on the health issues, sometimes, are hard to change, in order to follow the main trend of the health field, more and more people begin to accustom to the modern conditions and start to use the advanced digital media to solve some health issues easily in some cases(Vaughan, 2011).