Cyberchondriac


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A person who imagines he/she has a particular disease because his/her symptoms match those listed on an Internet health site
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And some people are even becoming 'cyberchondriacs'.
The others - posted by medical journals, hospitals, drug companies, agony aunts, self-help groups and just plain cranks - hold all the evidence cyberchondriacs need to reinforce the belief that they don't have a headache, they have a brain tumour, or that their weariness is a result of Aids, not staying up all night surfing for symptoms.
WHEN hypochondriacs endlessly search Internet medical websites to either diagnose sickness or find treatments to alleviate chronic conditions, they are known as Cyberchondriacs.
While Creative Destruction is not able to fully allay all fears and questions regarding (1) how to filter through the overwhelming data generated by genomic sequencing and continuous sensors, (2) how to ensure equal access for all to these resources, (3) the potential of eugenics, (4) protection of genomic data from authorities and corporations, (5) how and when the exorbitant upfront cost will offset current fiscal inefficiency, and (6) preventing the formation of "cyberchondriacs," Topol does validate and recognize these and other controversial topics and makes an attempt to rectify them with the benefits he sees a digital revolution providing.
"There are new terms like 'nomophobia' and 'cyberchondriacs' that are used to describe those who are fearful of being without a cell phone and have an ever-increasing need to keep in touch.
He says technology addiction can lead to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and that medical data available online has created a class of people known as "cyberchondriacs".
Number of "cyberchondriacs"--adults going online for health information--has plateaued or declined [Internet].
The Harris Poll first used the word Cyberchondriacs to describe these people in 1998, when just over 50 million American adults had ever gone online to look for health information.
Serious health fears sparked by surfing Online health diagnoses are breeding a generation of 'cyberchondriacs' - people who needlessly fear the worst.
Cyberchondriacs and alcohorexics are now easily recognised, and we are apparently heading for Pharmageddon.
The higher end of the scale was reported by the Harris Poll's "Cyberchondriacs Update" (Taylor, 2001) that suggested that 75% of adult Internet users seek health information online.