Cyberchondria

If that headache plaguing you this morning led you first to a Web search and then to the conclusion that you must have a brain tumor, you may instead be suffering from cyberchondria.

This is about a Microsoft publication (in the ‘journal’ Microsoft Research), here, and written up in the New York Times.

Comments

  1. #1 Ben Zvan
    November 30, 2008

    Sounds more like a hangover to me. Except for the brain tumor part.

  2. #2 Romeo Vitelli
    November 30, 2008

    So I don’t have an ovarian cyst? Thanks for the tip.

  3. #3 lylebot
    November 30, 2008

    It hasn’t been published in any journal (or ‘journal’). It’s a tech report, which you can think of as the computer science equivalent of a preprint. It’s probably currently under review or has been accepted for publication in an ACM journal.

    I know both of these guys; they’re good scientists.

  4. #4 OmegaMom
    November 30, 2008

    Also known as “Step Away From Teh Google” syndrome…