Chapter 2 in the text discusses how to take control of your personal health and wellness. Research, decision making and planning are all key components of taking control of your health. To do this, one skill you must possess is proper analysis of a website to determine legitimacy and reliability as a source of health information. In today’s day and age of ‘fake news’ and convincing scams, this skill is more important than ever.
Below is a list of search terms that someone looking to improve their personal health and wellness might type into a web browser to begin their journey. Imagine you are this person. Select one search term from the list provided, and enter it into the web browser or search engine of your choice. With the list of results that populates, please answer the questions below.
List of Search Terms
“how to lose weight quickly”
“easiest healthy diet”
“how to fall asleep faster”
“how to meditate”
“how to reduce stress and anxiety”
Answer these questions
1. What are the first five (5) results that populate for your search term? List the results by name and include the web link. Include the first five results, even if they are marked as an ” Ad”.
2. Without visiting or analyzing them, at first glance, which of the first five website results would you believe is the most reliable and why?
3. Select one of those first five results from your search, and spend time browsing the website. Answer all ten questions from the “What I Need to Know” feature on pages 33-34 of the text, in order to analyze the content on the web site you’ve selected.
Questions to answer from the book
1- Who run the site ?
2- Who pays for the site ?
3- What is the purpose of the site?
4- what is the original source of the information of the website ?
5- how is information on the website documented ?
6- how is information reviewed before it is posted on the website?
7- how current is the information?
8- How does the site choose links to other sites ?
9-what information about users does the site collect and why?
10- how does the site manage interactions with users?