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Number of Cyberchondriacs Increases to 136 Million

The latest Harris poll has new statistics for “Cybercondriacs” (adults who have ever gone online for health information).

  • The percentage of online adult Americans who have searched the Internet for health information has reached 80%.
  • The total number of Americans who have gone online for health information is estimated to be 136 million.
  • A large majority of cyberchondriacs (88%) continues to indicate that they were successful in searching for health information online.
  • Eighty-seven percent cyberchondriacs say that the health information they found online has been reliable (25% “very reliable” and 61% “somewhat reliable”). Interestingly, this has declined from 2005 when 90 percent felt this way. Of special note, the percentage of those who indicate that online medical information is “very reliable” has declined substantially from 37 percent in 2005 to the current 25 percent.

For more information: http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=686

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