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Digital literacy part 2: The perils and potential of social media

The second article in our six-part series on digital literacy explores online social networking. Lynne Pearce explains the basics and shows how, by following a few simple rules, nurses can make the most of Facebook, Twitter and similar apps and websites

The second article in our six-part series on digital literacy explores online social networking. Lynne Pearce explains the basics and shows how, by following a few simple rules, nurses can make the most of Facebook, Twitter and similar apps and websites

What is social media?

Social media is defined as ‘websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking’. According to Skills for Health, 58% of adults in the UK use social media sites, with more than 40% saying information found via social media affects how they manage their health.

The most popular sites include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more recently Instagram and Snapchat. All allow users to make connections with an audience of people who they may or may not have met in real life. Broadband, and particularly smartphones, which

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