After being injured in a car accident, who do you turn to for medical advice? Over one-third of U.S. adults have gone online to self-diagnose a medical condition that they or someone they knew had, according to a new study highlighted on CBSNEWS.com.
The findings from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project showed that 81 percent of U.S. adults use the internet. In addition, 59 percent of the adult population looks up health information online, but 39 percent of those searches were for someone else.
According to the survey, search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo get the most attention. Thirteen percent went straight to a website that focuses on health information like WebMD, and only two percent used Wikipedia. One percent relied on Facebook and other social networks.
The survey states that out the people who said they went online to help find out what they or someone else was suffering from, 46 percent said what they found online led them to believe they needed help from a medical professional. However, less than half — 41 percent — said that a doctor confirmed the diagnosis they made from online research.
I must admit, I do this all the time.
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