Monday, March 29, 2010
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about how surprised I was to find four drug ads on the SP site. All of the responders to that blog said they either didn't notice, or ignored, these ads. They said that it was the same as the ads in magazines and on TV. Well, I don't read those and I turn TV off.
Since that time, I have counted 18 pharmaceutical ads on the SparkPeople website (I'm sure there are more), plus one for plastic surgery. While I am a smart person and understand that drugs serve their purpose when needed, and that SP keeps the site free through advertising, I do get it.
HOWEVER, I'm pretty surprised at the proliferation of these ads for drugs, most of which have very serious potential side effects. NOT what I would expect from a health-oriented website.
I'm thinking of staying on for a couple of weeks more in order to say goodbyes and give goodies. I feel it's totally hypocritical to have drug ads on this site, just as it is for health magazines to do so.
I'm not looking for agreement here, but really felt I needed to write about it to vent for my own clarity.
Wishing all a wonderful day.