IELTS Essay Checking Health related problems on the Internet
You should spend 40 minutes on this task.
Write on the following topic:
Recent research has shown a spike in people checking their health related problems on the internet rather than relying on authorised practitioners. What are the reasons behind this trend? Is this a positive or negative development?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
The fact that we can have any and all of our queries solved by 5 different sources, sitting in the comfort of our own home and a few clicks away is a great boon for today’s generations. While it is unlikely for us to own entire encyclopaedic medical text books in our home we can easily find the same online and in abundance with personal experience, advice and more included. This rising self-diagnosis trend does not surprise myself in the least.
While most of these diagnosis websites are officially monitored, written and controlled by medical authorities there are still an abundance of fake, well-meaning but ill advisory sources out there.
Common advice dictates that one should consult the doctor before and after checking their problems on the internet when serious illnesses are concerned. However where seasonal and home treatable ailments are concerned such as common colds, fevers, headaches, coughs, minor allergies etc. it is okay to refer to online help exclusively. Another reason for today’s help choices would be the relative isolation we generally find ourselves in. We no longer live in a tightly bound social fabric, but rather in a loose distant and independent web.
This trend can be taken as a positive substitute for advice from relatives, friends and neighbours, although as it is while we would be better off under the care of nurses we simply choose to treat ourselves may it be for the expenses or the unwillingness to miss out on official work. There is also the added benefit of being able to order your medication online, even when your neighbouring pharmacy may be all out of stock.
The only possible drawbacks of this phenomenon would be reliance on amature advice and not checking the same with official sources, but even in the real world we do run the risk of being scammed, at least online we ourselves would be to blame for not double checking.
So to conclude I would say as general consensus stands this is a positive development considering how society and its expectations are changing, how online diagnosis not only saves our money, time and energy but also provides us with advice, feedback and personal experience from individuals going through the very same thing we may be experiencing. (Note:Overlimit 377 Words.)