In a recent Q&A on the Stanford Medicine X blog, Susannah Fox, an associate director at the Pew Internet & American Life Project, discusses her work identifying cultural shifts taking place at the intersection of technology and health care. One trend she's keen to keep an eye on is the growth of self-tracking. She says:
In 2010, we added a new survey question: Have you ever tracked your weight, diet or exercise routine online? And then we posed a secondary question: Have you ever tracked any other health indicators or symptoms online? Nationally, 1 in 5 Internet users answered yes to one of these. If you unpack it, the real number could be even higher. That's a section of the survey I'm hoping we can expand. We don't know exactly what's going on there.
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