Are health and sports websites still big business?
Keeping fit and healthy has always been a big factor throughout the existence of humans, and research has become more prevalent and in-depth as the years go on. However, in contrast to this point, we are seeing a growing number of overweight people in the world and this number needs to decrease dramatically. This is where health websites come in to assist those who either may need a starting point or who do not know the correct way to go about their diet and exercise routines. Health and sports websites have grown in popularity over the last decade and rightly so for this very purpose.
There are so many in fact, that the majority of people will read various websites about the same topic, and come away misinformed, or haven’t learnt anything. This is thanks to the thousands upon thousands of websites about health and exercises out there that mostly contain the opinions of the writer, with a small percentage of articles based on facts and real-time studies.
Personal trainers, coaches, athletes and other health organizations all power websites which outline information on various topics, but we must be aware of which information and sources to believe, and what to skip past. Generally, it is the health organizations, such as the government and some other non-for-profit associations who convey the straight facts and figures. From this, the viewer can easily determine what the information is trying to say. It is when personal trainers and coaches convey the same information about the same topic that can come across as bias, or only specific to their field of expertise. We can all get confused when reading conflicting information on the same topic from different sources, especially elderly people who may not be fully aware of what to read and what to miss.
Self-diagnosis, let’s be honest, everyone does it when they fall ill. Some results can be highly inaccurate, yet we somewhat still believe what it is saying until we seek advice from a medical professional. For example, in the United Kingdom, there are over 50,000 websites and sources which offer a diagnosis by simply punching in some facts and figures to be shown that you have a chronic disease from a small knock on the leg, you know what I mean. Statistics show that more than 80% of people worldwide use the internet and websites to gain an insight into health information.
In summary, yes, health and sports websites are still a big business and continue to grow every day. There are thousands of entrepreneurs wanting to share their information with you, however, we must be wary of what information to take in and what information we must read over. Self-diagnosis is just one of many examples of the internet containing misleading information. As an internet user, it is imperative that you conduct appropriate research relevant to what information you need and carefully select the sources you use and choose to believe. Thank you so much for your time.