Digital futures: health-seeking on social media

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This chapter seeks to further develop insights into the health implications of the social media platform Facebook, for Indigenous users, by paying attention to the forces that work to shape online health-seeking practices. In seeking help for issues related to health and well-being, I ask whether digital technologies such as Facebook have potential to provide an avenue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health-seekers. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 41 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander social media users from a range of locations across the continent now called Australia. Four main factors were found that can serve as barriers to online health-seeking: social media etiquette and ‘proper' online behaviour; the tension between help-seeking and attention-seeking behaviours; the (mis)trust of social media technologies and the networks they facilitate; and the superficial quality of many social media interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of Australian Indigenous peoples and futures
EditorsBronwyn Carlson, Madi Day, Sandy O'Sullivan, Tristan Kennedy
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003271802
ISBN (Print)9781032222530, 9781032222547
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameRoutledge Anthropology Handbooks


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