Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

U.S. News
Cell Users Dialing Up Sex Advice on Phone

October 27, 2010

On any particular day, more people are searching for health-related information using Google than are asking the advice of doctors, says Dr. Roni Zeiger, the web search engine's chief health strategist.

Advertisement

"What amazes me is how much and how many people are looking for health information," Zeiger. "As a physician, it's overwhelming and incredibly motivating."

In a recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 29 percent of cell phone users ages 18-29, and 17 percent of users of all ages, searched for health information using their phones.

Three of the five top health searches using cell phones are "pregnancy," "herpes," and "STD," according to Yahoo. It could be that the cell phone search list reflects a younger demographic and the spontaneity of the search, said Susannah Fox, author of the Pew report.

"Health questions don't crop up at convenient times or in convenient places," Fox said. "Do these sorts of questions crop up more often when someone is, let's say, not near the computer?" she asked. These also could be "morning after" searches, she added.

Back to other news for October 2010

Excerpted from:
Chicago Tribune
10.22.2010




This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art59178.html

General Disclaimer: TheBody.com is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through TheBody.com should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.