Thursday 27 October 2016

Young People Now Trust Google Rather Than GPs


Young people now relying more on Google in terms of health care advice.

Sixty-five per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds place most faith in health websites or apps.

Slightly fewer — 63 per cent — said they trusted health professionals more.

Among all age groups, 67 per cent said medics and pharmacists are their most trusted source.

Health websites and apps were favoured by 61 per cent of people, while 54 per cent said they seek advice from family, friends and colleagues.

Meanwhile, 42 per cent ask personal trainers and fitness specialists.

And 41 per cent rely on books, with the same number going to health blogs and forums.

Twenty per cent trust social media for healthy living advice. That figure rises to 29 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds in the poll by market researchers Mintel.

Spokesman Jack Duckett said: "Younger consumers are increasingly pushed for time.

"Furthermore, doctor’s appointments have become more difficult to schedule.

"Online sources offer a quick fix for those already well aligned with the digital world".

Experts also found that 45 per cent of younger people consider themselves to be more healthy than the they were a year ago. This is higher than the 34 per cent of people of all ages.

The main reason why 26 per cent of people are eating healthier is that food is though too expensive compared to junk food with 21 per cent thinking that healthy doesn't always mean skinny.



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