The internet is filled with a tremendous amount of false medical information, often inciting fear and anxiety for individuals seeking clarity from a medical-based google search. Low levels of health literacy often mislead patients to an incorrect internet self-diagnoses which can further complicate the individual’s condition.
“Asking the Internet for medical advice is something millions of us do every day. More than a third of Americans say they check with “Dr. Google” when they feel symptoms coming on. But the proliferation of health information online offers a mixed bag of valuable resources and misleading or junk information.
Though the Internet can be a source for excellent information, doctors and researchers say it can also be a path to unnecessary anxiety, stoking people’s worst fears at vulnerable moments.” Via CBS News