Social Media Use Among Adolescent Patients Visiting an Inner City Pediatric Emergency Department

Sarah Christian-Kopp, Madhumita Sinha, Angela Chen, Frank Lovecchio

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Abstract

The objective of the research was to study the pattern of social media use among adolescents visiting an inner city hospital emergency department. A brief survey (English/Spanish) regarding social media use was conducted between January and March 2010. Participants were 215 teens (13-18 years), 59% of whom were Hispanic. The majority (78.6%) of participants were current users of social media. MySpace (65%) was the favored social networking web site. The study revealed that 44% of adolescents most frequently (>5 times/day) connected with their proximate peers, and 36 teens sought health information "once in a while." We concluded that social media networking was popular among our adolescent study subjects and may have future potential as an effective health education tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-161
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Keywords

  • adolescent
  • emergency
  • health information
  • social media
  • social networking

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  • Health(social science)

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Social Media Use Among Adolescent Patients Visiting an Inner City Pediatric Emergency Department. / Christian-Kopp, Sarah; Sinha, Madhumita; Chen, Angela; Lovecchio, Frank.

In: Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, Vol. 16, No. 2, 04.2012, p. 147-161.

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Christian-Kopp, Sarah ; Sinha, Madhumita ; Chen, Angela ; Lovecchio, Frank. / Social Media Use Among Adolescent Patients Visiting an Inner City Pediatric Emergency Department. In: Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 2012 ; Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 147-161.
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