The Impact of Social Media on Public Health and Education

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Department of Public Health, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel
Interests: health disparities; health promotion & education; health policy; sociology of health
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Dear Colleagues,

Social media platforms have become an abundant source of information for a global audience of billions. However, social media can also spread misinformation and potentially harmful health advice. Social networks' complex algorithms prioritize content, regardless of its scientific basis, leading users to act on potentially misleading health information. Influencers, often lacking formal healthcare qualifications, can spread misinformation about topics such as diet, exercise, vaccinations, and medical treatments. Studies have shown that social media followers are more attracted to and affected by social media influencers than health professionals.

The pervasiveness of inaccurate health information on social media platforms poses a significant public health challenge, which can manifest in several health-related behaviors, including vaccination hesitancy, disordered eating, body image issues, excessive exercise, and the use of untested and even hazardous supplements. These concerning trends have the potential to inflict significant harm on individuals' health, potentially increasing susceptibility to chronic conditions and compromising immune function.

This Special Issue aims to explore the effects of social media on health behaviors. Examining this link will enhance our comprehension of the potential challenges and risks associated with social media in relation to health. We welcome original articles (quantitative analysis, both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies) and systematic review works.


Dr. Keren Dopelt
Guest Editor

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  • social media
  • social media addiction
  • infodemic
  • health influencers
  • health literacy
  • food and nutrition literacy
  • disordered eating
  • body image
  • health behaviors
  • COVID-19
  • health promotion and education
  • intervention programs
  • social marketing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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