Seeking health information online

Dan Ness, Principal Analyst, MetaFacts, March 2, 2022

Searching for health information online

  • Searching for information online is a regular activity for adults of all ages
  • Actively searching online is a separate activity from passively reading health information, such as heightened news coverage during the pandemic

Searching for health information by country

  • During the pandemic, searching for health information online continued to be strong among all countries surveyed
    • It did not increase substantially since news organizations and governments pushed substantial COVID-related content directly to consumers
    • In the UK, searching for health information online as a regular activity slowly declined between 2017 and 2021
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