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The internet is not a doctor

An international team of more than a hundred researchers warns in a manifesto against ‘problematic internet use’. They believe that the time has come for the long-term effect of the internet more to investigate.

The team worked today, on the eve of the World Mental Health Day, a report about the possible relationship between the deviations in gaming, gambling and use of pornography and the breakup …

The team worked today, on the eve of the World Mental Health Day, a report about the possible relationship between the deviations in gaming, gambling and use of pornography and the breakup of families, what also often goes hand in hand with the loss of jobs. Even though rice, for the majority of users no problem, however, exhibit more and more people are signs of addiction and obsessive behavior. Young children are the major victims.

The cooperation was living under the name European problematic use of the internet research network and will that person in the coming years to investigate. High on the agenda there are also two less well-known addictions, ‘cyberchondria’ and ‘cyberhoarding’.

The risks of doctor Google

The first refers to the forced quest that people online take to their illness, to recognize or to know better. They are hoping for reassurance, but see through the avalanche of information often have other illnesses (hypochondria).

Cyberhoarding is forced to keep track of information found on the internet.

The researchers want to know how many people to such ailments suffer, and whether they are more than digital versions of well-known analog conditions.

In The Guardian , says Naomi Fineberg, head of the research group, that they want to work with the technological world, the internet can be used to measure and monitor. By the use of the internet to measure, the vulnerability is also quicker to be noted, suspect they.

The internet makes us more anxious

Recently calculated the Dutch researcher Fam to Lake, at the Free University of Amsterdam, that people who are online more often to search for information about their health, therefore scarier. They showed that people that not to worry, still going to search for information and therefore worried. People have more attention to information that, rightly or wrongly, it confirms that they are sick.

According To Poel loves the internet, especially Google, to little account by the factor ‘reliability’ in the provision of resources for medical information. There is a role for the general practitioners, they will find: they have their patients point the way to reliable information.

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