Whenever I Google my symptoms when I'm sick, I just get freaked out. People don't post online when their stomach pain was from bad clams . . . they post when it turned out to be a scorpion living in their body.
BUT . . . according to a new survey, 42% of people say they ALWAYS Google their symptoms before they see a doctor. 27% take it further, and rely on Google for a diagnosis.
And 20% take it even further than THAT . . . and believe their search results OVER what a doctor tells them.
The number one reason people give for Googling their symptoms and using the Internet to diagnose themselves is that it's faster than waiting for a doctor's appointment. The number two reason is to see if it's WORTH going to a doctor.
Of the people who have diagnosed themselves, 42% say they have gotten it right . . . and 58% wound up getting it wrong.