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Social Media, Health, and Wellness: Don’t Believe Everything You See

December 20, 2023
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Social media has become a source of information for millions of people across the world. They stay connected with family and friends and catch up on news and world events. Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms are a part of daily life for many.

Unfortunately, inaccurate and false information spreads quickly online. The topic of health and wellness is no exception. For users, it can be difficult to decide what is true and what isn’t.

Some misinformation can be harmless, but misinformation about health topics can have dangerous results. That’s why it is so important to know the truth, especially when it comes to your health.

How to tell fact from fiction

The good news is there are ways to identify and filter out that misinformation. Follow these tips to be sure you’re getting the truth from social media.

Common health scams on social media and how to avoid them

Scams are common in today’s world, especially online. Some promise you can reach your weight loss goals in a month. Others sell human growth hormone as an anti-aging product. Some want you to “detox” and “cleanse” your body. Still, others may try to sell pills, powders, or herbs that “cure” arthritis or cancer.

Anyone can fall for these scams, but many often target the elderly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that social media and messaging apps are the biggest outlets for health scams. They have a web page dedicated to this topic with more information for consumers. 6 Tip-offs to Rip-offs: Don’t Fall for Health Fraud Scams | FDA

Also, the AARP has an overview of some of the more popular scams. Here Are 14 Top Scams You Should Watch Out for in 2023 ( You can even sign up for bi-weekly alerts on the latest scams here. Scam, Fraud Alerts – Protect Your Digital Identity (

What to do with misinformation on social media

When you encounter false information, take steps to keep it from spreading further.

We can all make social networking better by following these tips. Learn more about healthy ways to use social media here. 7 Healthy Habits for Social Media Use | Commonwealth Care Alliance


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