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Web based information has become extremely popular among all professionals who use computers. So much so that even health information which used to be the foray of health professionals is now being sought on line. There are few publications which have explored the utility of computers in professional streams but none have focusedly dealt with this double edged sword. A lot of lifestyle issues which are now predominant in this age group and who perhaps want to ensure anonymity seek solutions online. Our study targeted three schools ie medical, engineering and law students who get laptops during their course curriculum. Nearly 73% of the 416 study recruits admitted to seeking online health information. 80% of the females in our study relied on this source of information. The topics surfed are predominantly regarding diet and lifestyle, the males probed more on alcohol and smoking addiction. Only 30% of them referred to a health professional to authenticate the information.
These results bring out largely that online health information should be sought only from reliable sites and a authentic and evidence based, simplified database should be provided to students counselors or libraries to address queries of this group.
Keywords: Online health information, Health websites, Lifestyle