Internet searches for serious health conditions have increased by thousands of percentage points over the last three years sparking fears the web is fueling hypochondria, THE MIRROR reports.
UK search volumes for terms such as ‘how to know chest pains are serious’ have risen by 8,781 per cent from 2015 to 2018, analysis of Google data has found.
Searches for keywords such as ‘sciatica’, ‘acne’ and ‘IBS’ plus ‘treatment’ are now searched over 100,000 times on average every year since 2015. ‘Stomach ache’ and ‘aching legs’ were also found to top online searches, with an average of 115,800 and 151,075 searches yearly since 2015. Research also found that the number of Brits self-diagnosing themselves using Google is on the rise. One of the most searched terms, ‘How to know if chest pains are serious?’, had 14,210 average searches from January to August this year. ‘How to get rid of back pain?’ received 12,800 average searches in the same period, and ‘how to get rid of stomach pain?’ garnered 18,200 average inquiries.
Read more at THE MIRROR.