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Teenagers Wanting Medical Advice: Is MySpace the Answer?

Krista M. Versteeg; Jennifer M. Knopf, MA; Stephen Posluszny, BS; Anna-Liisa B. Vockell, MSN, CNP; Maria T. Britto, MD, MPH
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(1):91-92. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2008.503.
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Roughly 55% of Internet-using teenagers visit social networking sites (eg, MySpace and Facebook).1 Many join health-related interest groups, which are often unmonitored. This poses a possible threat, because adolescents use the Internet as a primary source of health information2 and may be unable to judge Web sites' reliability and accuracy. Because social networking sites are relatively new, little research examines their use and influence. This study describes the content of asthma-related interest groups on MySpace.

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