Category: Psycology

Cyberchondria: Challenges of Problematic Online Searches for Health-Related Information

The digital revolution has changed many aspects of life, for example, the way in which health-related information is obtained. Such information is now very easy to access via the Internet, at little or no cost. For most people, the Internet has become the first stop when they need to find out more about symptoms, health and disease. The consequences of this change are being increasingly appreciated, but they are still poorly understood. While some people feel empowered by an easy access to health information and less anxious after seeking health information on the Internet, others are more anxious or puzzled . This is likely to affect health care-seeking behaviour and relationship with physicians.

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