According to a recent Harris Poll, the number of people who use the Internet to look for information on health topics is continuing to increase.
Warning to all physicians: Cyberchondriacs are on the rise!
According to a recent Harris Poll, the number of Cyberchondriacs—people who use the Internet to look for information on health topics—is continuing to increase. The number has jumped from 154 million to 175 million in the past year alone, while the percentage of those who turn to the Web “often” for medical information increased from 22% to 32%.
One possible reason for the sharp increase is the debate over healthcare reform, it said.
Other findings from the poll—for which 1,066 adults were surveyed by phone in July, 2010—are as follows:
The term “Cyberchondriacs” was coined by the Harris Poll in 1998, when just over 50 million American adults had ever gone online to look for health information. By 2005, that number had risen to 117 million.