Internet use can reduce fatalistic view of cancer

news.cnet.com

news.cnet.com

Interesting observations; while watching TV increases cancer fatalism (no breakdown by network), use of internet can reduce it, even when broken by education and socioeconomic levels. Perhaps TV is inherently passive, internet is more active, which may have something to do with it. Quote:

The findings suggested that people who use the Internet frequently to acquire health or medical information are less likely than those who do not use the Internet for such purposes to hold cancer fatalism over time. More importantly, the research showed that Internet use reduced cancer fatalism among less educated and less health-knowledgeable people to a greater extent than among more educated and more knowledgeable people.

“Reducing cancer fatalism, especially among people with low socioeconomic status, is arguably one of the most important public health goals in the nation,” Lee said. “Studying the effect of Internet use on cancer fatalism is important, considering that the Internet has become a new, very crucial source of health information for the American public these days. These findings have important implications since we showed that the Internet may be a very effective channel of health communication especially for people with low socioeconomic status.”

Internet use can reduce fatalistic view of cancer.

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