To find out which category you fall under, a new study conducted at Baylor University observed over 500 participants to gauge their levels of anxiety while symptom searching. Turns out, those who are prone to experience “cyberchondria” are also more likely to be afraid of the unknown in a direct correlation. The constant Googling is aimed to relieve the fears but ends up heightening them instead — especially when multiple outcomes are a possibility.
So, even though visiting your doc is the last thing you feel like you doing in your embarrassing pajamas and queasy state, it definitely beats thinking you have more diseases than you do symptoms at home. Our unsolicited prescription: When sick, stay off the Internet. (Motherboard)