cyberchondriac


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cyberchondriac

(jargon, humour)
(After "hypochondriac") 1. A user who always thinks there is something wrong with his computer.

2. Someone who uses the World-Wide Web to indulge their hyperchondria.
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Still, most cyberchondriacs tend to be younger, better educated and more affluent than the general population.
Cyberchondriacs now represent 84 percent of all online adults, up from last year's 80 percent, and 72 percent in 2005;
My name is Shari Low - and I'm a Nomophobe, a Technophobe, a Cyberchondriac and prone to sudden bursts of Catastrophising and Mumnesia.
And sadly, I'm not just a hypochondriac, I'm also the modern version - a cyberchondriac - so next step is to log on to one of the self-diagnostic sites on the internet.
Melissa is physically perfectly healthy - but at the age of 30, she was the world's first cyberchondriac.
WHEN hypochondriacs endlessly search Internet medical websites to either diagnose sickness or find treatments to alleviate chronic conditions, they are known as Cyberchondriacs.
The Harris Poll first used the word Cyberchondriacs to describe these people in 1998, when just over 50 million American adults had ever gone online to look for health information.
Cyberchondriacs and alcohorexics are now easily recognised, and we are apparently heading for Pharmageddon.
But many are what Harris calls "infrequent cyberchondriacs": One-third hardly ever go online for health information, as compared with the 60% of cyberchondriacs (67 million adults), those who have been online for health care information in the preceding month.