I may not be a cyberchondriac, but I do believe in the power of Dr. Google.
And for that Symcat, a New York Web and mobile health company that made the above infographic, believes that I and other search-addicted Internet denizens am being utterly foolish.
So what does a cyberchondriac suffer from? Wikipedia defines cyberchondria as the “unfounded escalation of concerns about common symptomology based on review of search results and literature online.”
In other words, the feeling that you must be getting a heart attack because that is the search result you got when you Googled some symptoms you are experiencing.
However, “Dr. Google is not a good doctor,” said Craig Monsen, founder of Symcat, to an audience gathered in the nation’s capital for the third annual Datapalooza organized by the federal government on the power of #healthdata.
Here is the rest of the infographic from Symcat, where it urges users to try Symcat’s disease calculator, which ranks the most likely condition that a user is experiencing based on symptoms entered.