Friday, 23 November 2018

Internet may be fuelling hypochondria after ‘Google diagnoses’ surge by more than 8,700% in 3 years

Internet may be fuelling hypochondria after ‘Google diagnoses’ surge by more than 8,700% in 3 years Britons are turning to Google more than 100,000 times a year to self-diagnose and find cures, new research shows.

UK search volumes for terms such as 'how to know if chest pains are serious' have risen by 8,781 per cent from 2015 to 2018, analysis of Google data has found.

It raises concerns that searching symptoms online is fueling hypochondria.

Searches for treatment for sciatica, acne and IBS have been the most common ovver the past three years. The Daily Mail

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