THE IN­TER­NET MAY BE CAUS­ING NEW HEALTH CON­DI­TIONS TO BE­COME PREVA­LENT

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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.

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