Infographic: The dangers of self-diagnosing online

There’s a name for this practice—cyberchondria. See which demographics are more likely to do it.

Do you go online to look up your health symptoms—or do your patients?

If so, you’re not alone. Nearly 60 percent of people who use the Internet have looked up health information online in the last year. Many of them have self-diagnosed.

This infographic from provides statistics on the practice, known as cyberchondria, and explains the dangers of self-diagnosis.

What groups are more likely to go online to learn about their symptoms?

  • Women more than men
  • People from households with incomes of more than $75,000
  • Younger people
  • White adults
  • People with college educations or advanced degrees

Are you guilty as charged? I know I am. Fortunately, I haven’t had half of the conditions the Internet had me believing I did.


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