Google provides the information you need right when you need it, for better and for worse.
Googling your symptoms displays what you have and recommends what to take to help treat it. But having instant access to a world of information produces unnecessary anxiety.
How many times have you looked up your symptoms and identified with a disease? We’re convinced that we always have something. This exaggeration creates a fear of imminent risk so urgent we rush to the emergency room to find an solution.
People Google themselves into the hospital even though it’s the last place they want to go. Maybe it’s even beneficial to check in once in a while. But as truth seekers, we risk turning the non-emergency into an emergency. Sometimes the best solution is just time, and maybe a little bit less anxiety.