Q: According to a new study people who do THIS themselves instead of having a professional do it… do it wrong over #5% of the time… What is it?
A: Google their symptoms
They only come up with a correct diagnosis for themselves about 36% of the time.
The research also found that the advice provided on when and where to seek health care was accurate 49 per cent of the time.
It has been estimated that Google’s health related searches amount to approximately 70,000 every minute.
A doctor says, “While it may be tempting to use these tools to find out what may be causing your symptoms, most of the time they are unreliable at best and can be dangerous at worst,” she said. They have a term for it: The ‘cyberchondria’ effect