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People Trust Google to Diagnose Their Illnesses More Than Doctors


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.  
 
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