My 2012 survey revealed that almost everyone today uses the Internet for health reasons. They might be search for their own health, search for someone else, or for other reasons, like:
- to find out about a diseases
- to find out about prescription drugs
- to learn how to stay healthy
- to learn about a general area of health
More than half of people said that what they found online helped them in health matters, like supporting their own health. However, some people are more likely than others to use the Internet to support their health.
In fact, the more a person feels a sense of control over their lives (their locus of control), the more likely they were to use web resources and consider them useful.