You know you’ve done it: Googled your symptoms to find out what’s wrong with you. You’re not alone. More than a third of adults in the U.S. regularly use the Internet to self-diagnose their ailments, according to a 2013 Pew survey, and the majority of them start with a search engine like Google, Bing or Yahoo. In fact, there’s a new word for the fear that some Web surfers can fall victim to: cyberchondria.
But there are pitfalls to self-diagnosing via online research, even if you’re smart enough to stick to websites with reliable, accurate information. Read the story here.