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Generation Rx.com: How Young People Use the Internet for Health Information


The Internet has become a daily part of life especially for younger Americans. Teens as well as adults are now going online to look for health information. What exactly are young people looking for? Do they trust what they find? Is it influencing what they talk about with their peers, parents, or physicians? Are they worried about privacy?pornography?parental controls?

A panel featuring Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project; Gretchen Berland, MD, Assistant Professor, Yale University Department of Internal Medicine; Esther Drill, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief, gURL.com; and Robert Johnson, MD, Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, New Jersey Medical School discussed all these issues and more at an Emerging Issues in Reproductive Health Briefing. New findings from a national survey of teens and young adults experiences with and attitudes toward online health information were presented.