Using social media personally, not professionally

I just came across a very interesting article about physicians using social media for personal reasons, not professional ones.

Physicians are, for the most part, staying away from social media interaction with patients, HealthLeaders Media reported.

Only 15 percent use Facebook in their work life, according to data from QuantiaMD. About 8 percent read blogs, 3 percent use Twitter and 3 percent get involved in patient communities.

I got similar results when I asked my medical students before and after my course about the purposes they use social media for and it seems they are digital, they are mobile, they are active in social media but for clearly personal reasons, not professional ones.

Believe me, that’s going to cause them problems later in their career, so at least we have to teach them how to use it properly and have to show them the ways they can leverage its power professionally.

Here is the first step!