By HoneyColony Staff

Is the World Wide Web making you Wide, Weepy, and Wallowing in Misinformation? That’s the premise examined by Annie Hauser in an article for EverydayHealth.com, which examines our propensity to self-diagnose using the internet instead of going to a medical professional.

Her article was sparked by a 2013 Pew Research poll that found more than a third of Americans use the web to diagnose not just themselves, but friends and family as well. That’s fine if you’re talking about a common rash or a mild cold, but such reliance on online medical resources and apps could potentially have serious (even deadly) consequences.

“For example, mobile apps that claim to evaluate user photographs of skin lesions for the likelihood of cancer are often inaccurate — sometimes seriously delaying life-saving treatment,” Hauser writes.

We urge you to check out the full piece here.