Utilizing the internet for a medical diagnosis can remedy concerns over a possible illness for some people, but for others it can provoke additional concerns. According to a 2013 Pew Survey, more than one-third of Americans search for diagnoses online. Only half of those people discuss their findings with an actual healthcare provider.
Although the internet can be a helpful educational tool, obsessively searching for medical information can become a health condition itself. Researchers have termed this "cyberchondria”, and it is sweeping the nation.
According to a data analysis by STAT, these are the most commonly searched health conditions, despite whether they are real or conjured.
- Yeast infection
- Lyme disease
- Strep throat
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