As we millenials know, social media is one of the hottest trends out right now, but can that trend also save lives? The up and coming popular use for social media is now starting to be used within the medical community. It seems silly for doctors to recommend their patients to have an active social media life, but as the studies are showing, it might have more benefit than harm. Now, Facebook is not only used to interact with prior classmates, or to repost cute cat photos. Now there are support groups for different illnesses that can come together and have an open forum for dialogue that is specifically catered to them. There is also the opportunity to have constant communication with doctors. Now patients don’t have to schedule appointments, and wait days for relief, it is now easier to contact their physician through social media. There are even doctors going so far as to schedule visits over video chat, therefore cutting out the wait times and giving the patient a more convenient outlet, this is especially important for those patients with low mobility. Though this function might be very helpful for patients, it may not be wise financially for physicians. With technology as a means of convenience, and social media sites as a free forum to receive feedback, how exactly will physicians be compensated for their online work? Could this new medical social media initiative negatively effect those patients who would normally go visit their doctor in person? This new avenue could possibly pose a problem for the medical field, and require pay walls that are something similar to what news outlets have tried to implement. Either way, social media is no longer just a means of entertainment, but now could be used to save the world, and help patients cope with their illnesses.
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