We know that men don't go to the doctor as much as women or use other mainstream health services to the same degree.
But we also know that men uses the internet. As long ago as 2006, more men used the internet than read a newspaper (ONS, 2006).
There are then three objectives then to Men's Health Week 2011:
In 2010, 9.2 million adults had never used the internet, down from 10.2 million in 2009 Some 30.1 million adults used it every day or nearly every day - almost double the estimate in 2006. About three-quarters of households - 73% - had internet access. (ONS Press Release 27.08.10)
In a survey for malehealth - obviously of men already using the inernet - nine out of 10 respondents saw the internet as their first or second port of call for health information.
Those men who chose the internet for health information were invited to tick the two most important reasons for their choice: 37% said that it was the quickest way; 20% that it was private; and 15% that there was more information on the internet than you could get anywhere else.
Respondents were also asked to identify the two main problems with looking up health information on the internet. Some 28% cited uncertainty about the accuracy of the information and 23% cited uncertainty about whether the information was up to date. Younger users were particularly concerned about accuracy.
While the dangers of making gross generalisations around gender are clear, it could be argued that the internet offers a tight fit with some aspects of the traditional male gender role. For the man who believes he needs to be strong, silent and reluctant to admit weakness, uncertainty or limitations in his knowledge, the internet has clear benefits.
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