Serving as co-administrator for a large MS forum has shown me that, while we live in a world of easy access to information, we may not always be prepared to understand and interpret it.
While I’m not a medical doctor, I do work in the healthcare field and have earned my own credentials. Even I have to look up words and concepts to properly understand them. Unfortunately, for most of us, easy access to medical information via the internet comes with a price.
The cost of living in the Age of Information
Even with seemingly free access to information, we can still encounter these obstacles:
Poor access to primary sources
When accessing original research papers, we can be discouraged by paywalls or special connections to gain access, or by clinical language not meant for the average person to comprehend.
Imperfect science journalism
We rely on the interpretive acuity and analytical ability of science writers when they report new findings; however, these reporters make mistakes, they may present information with a hidden bias, or their editors may push viral headlines over accuracy or relevance.
Reliance on “Dr. Google”
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