Microsoft Examines Causes of ‘Cyberchondria’

A study by Microsoft researchers suggests that self-diagnosis by search engine frequently leads searchers to conclude the worst about their health concerns, a condition known as ‘cyberchondria.’If that headache plaguing you this morning led you first to a Web search and then to the conclusion that you must have a brain tumor, you may instead be suffering from cyberchondria.On Monday, Microsoft researchers published the results of a study of health-related Web searches on popular search engines as well as a survey of the company’s employees.The study suggests that self-diagnosis by search engine frequently leads Web searchers to conclude the worst about what ails them.
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