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  • Cyberchondria is a real thing, but do yourself a favor

  • and maybe don't Google it.

  • Hey, guys, this is Annie from D News.

  • All of us have done it-- you're feeling under the weather

  • and turn to good old doctor internet

  • to figure out what ails you.

  • Say you have an itch in your throat, slight fatigue.

  • And now that I think about it, my foot kind of hurts, too.

  • And before you know it, oh, god, I knew it.

  • I have fibromyalgia.

  • No, it's probably cancer.

  • It's all over.

  • Searching for symptoms online is extremely common, so

  • common that Google actually said this year

  • they can generate accurate stats on flu outbreaks in the US

  • based on just search queries.

  • But that sense of anxiety you get

  • from trying to diagnose your mystery illness on Google, Web

  • M.D. or god forbid, Yahoo Answers,

  • there's a name for that-- cyberchondria, a term that's

  • actually been around for a while.

  • Back in 2001, the BBC also called the internet printout

  • syndrome.

  • And the term has been used in scientific journals

  • as far back as 2003.

  • But according to a new study in the journal Cyber Psychology,

  • cyberchondria can have tangible negative effects.

  • According to the authors at Baylor University,

  • cyberchondria is a vicious cycle that

  • gets worse the longer you spend seeking out answers.

  • It could snowball into additional fears

  • about doctor visits, medical costs, job loss,

  • that rabbit-hole of stress that can arise from health concerns.

  • And people who are prone to anxiety

  • can be highly susceptible to this vicious cycle.

  • Using anxiety measures, the researchers

  • found that, kind of unsurprisingly, people

  • who don't tolerate uncertainty well or worry

  • a lot about the future are the most likely to

  • spiral into cyberchondria, all of which

  • is compounded by the fact that there's

  • a ton of misinformation online.

  • In another study published in the Journal of Pediatrics,

  • researchers looked at search terms surrounding sudden infant

  • death syndrome, finding that of 1,300 websites analyzed,

  • only 43.5% contained information in line

  • with the recommendations from the American Academy

  • of Pediatrics.

  • So when in doubt, seek out a real doctor,

  • and be wary of the cyberchondira cycle.

  • Just don't worry about it too much.

  • Hey, I see you've Googling.

  • Stop that.

  • It's not helping.

  • Step away from the search engine.

  • So do you find yourself freaking out over medical symptoms

  • online?

  • Tell us your story in the comments

  • or on Twitter and Facebook at D News.

Cyberchondria is a real thing, but do yourself a favor


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インターネットで自己診断をしてはいけない理由 (Why You Shouldn't Self-Diagnose On The Internet)

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    羅紹桀 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日