Survey: Infection Control Increases As A Result Of Social Media
Feeling sick hasn't kept people from logging onto their favorite social media. In fact they visit social sites just as frequently, if not more so than when well, a U.S. survey says. And the good news is, the visits have helped tout infection prevention to the masses.
According to United Press International reporting, a nationwide survey on social media behavior during flu season — sponsored by The Clorox Co. and conducted by Ipsos — found that 83 percent of those surveyed said they logged onto social media when sick, as a form of entertainment. Only 9.6 percent said they were looking for sympathy.
This year's flu season started early and has been the most severe in several years and social media feeds were full of flu comments. These comments have resulted in increased flu prevention techniques.
The survey found that seeing friends post about being sick motivated people to step up flu prevention behaviors offline. In fact, 64 percent of those surveyed admitted to washing their hands more frequently, and 55 percent said they disinfected germ hot spots after hearing about their friends and family being sick via social media.
Three quarters of respondents were very or somewhat likely to offer sympathy, while 64 percent said they would offer advice if someone was ill.
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