THE INTERNET MAY BE CAUSING NEW HEALTH CONDITIONS TO BECOME PREVALENT
CYBERCHONDRIA AND CYBERHOARDING, TO BE PRECISE.
Experts are warning that using the internet is sparking the rise of new types of mental health conditions like cyberchondria and cyberhoarding. More research is being called for to understand the problems, who might be more prone to such conditions, and how they might be helped. Cyberhoarding is being defined as the reluctance to delete information gathered online, while cyberchondria is the compulsive use of search engines and websites to find reassurances about medical fears (self-diagnosis). Psychologists say that although most internet use is harmless, spending too much time online could trigger these these issues, which are currently under-recognised. Experts are keen to know whether these conditions are like addictions or are similar to obsessive compulsive behaviours.