Are Smartphones Slowly Replacing Doctors?

Nowadays the majority of the population owns a cell phone.  More than half of this group own smartphones.  This info-graphic shows how the owners of smartphones and the owners of cell phones use their phones in regards to health advice.

The survey was able to determine that 1 of 3 cell phone users have used their device to research information regarding health topics.  This survey was conducted a couple of years ago.

Those who own a smartphone top the list.  Regardless of race, cell phone use to view health issues is common among Latinos, African Americans, people with a college degree and others.  This practice is also happening in people among ages of 18-49.

Another factor that is considered is the Caregiver factor.  Caregivers are prone to to face medical and health crisis.  They are that part of the population that no one realizes the decline in their health, as they are the ones taking care of a sick loved one that gets the attention.  Caregivers have been using their phone much more nowadays to view health information that can help them.

Although texting is very common in all users, very few of them have set up their phones to receive alerts via text on health information and medical news. Of 80% of the users, only 9% does this. The ones that have signed up for txt alerts have commonly been women between the ages of 30-64.

Smartphones allow users to download multiple apps that will help them keep track of their health in different ways. Whether is it an app for exercise, diet, or to watch your weight, 19% of smartphone users have at least one app downloaded into their phone if not more.

For this survey, 3,014 adults living in the United States participated.  The statistics based on the demographics showed how the use of smart phones to acquire knowledge on particular health issues and to get health advice has been growing rapidly. The info-graphic shows that this practice does not discriminate and many adults of different races use their smart-phones for this. Despite this growth of health data research through mobile devices, it is always important to keep in mind that no app will be able to replace the advice a doctor can give you.