Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Healthy days identified through Google search analysis

Attracted by a headline "Online Searches for ‘Health’ Information Occur Early in the Week" I tracked down the original article, in which medical researchers aimed to "determine whether contemplations for healthy behaviors ... follow circaseptan [weekly] rhythms". By analysing Google search logs they found that health related searches "peaked on Monday and Tuesday, thereafter declining until rebounding modestly on Sunday." I'm sure there must be implications for information literacy education here, but the authors of the study were more interested in implications for health promotion.
Ayers, J. et al. (2014) What’s the Healthiest Day? Circaseptan (Weekly) Rhythms in Healthy Considerations. American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Photo by Sheila Webber: Bluebell wood last year, Hellingly: bluebells are still out in Sheffield

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