I Googled the dangers of using Google to learn about health issues and sure enough, up popped a whole lot of warnings about how it might be hazardous to health.
One witty article cuts to the chase with the opening “Since I’m a hypochondriac, every minor pain I suffer is invariably life threatening. Every headache is a brain tumor. Every bout of indigestion is either stomach cancer or angina. Every sore throat means I’ll need to have my larynx removed and wear one of those gizmos that’ll make me sound like Stephen Hawking, only it won’t make me any smarter.”
Then I found an article about the perils of googling when you are pregnant
“Pregnant? Did you know that loud concerts could damage your baby’s hearing? That some eye-drops could lead to birth defects? Or that long periods spent at high altitude could reduce your baby’s birth weight?
And don’t stress, as even mild levels of stress can affect foetal brain development.
How do I know all this? Because ever since the appearance of the blue line on the home pregnancy test, I have suffered from a common but poorly understood prenatal condition: Gestational Googlemania. It is a debilitating illness, characterised by the compulsive need to ask the internet about every conceivable pregnancy danger.”
Sometimes a quick look at Google can save you from bundling the kids into the mini van for a trip to the Emergency Centre but generally it is wise to be cautious and protect your health by not looking up too much.
We really cannot be reminded too many times about how to use social media. This video from the Department of Justice provides some excellent tips that apply to everyone using Social Media.
Your funky pal is copyrighting the words Face and Book – and using your life for commercial gain.
THE news last week that Facebook had bumped millions of unsuspecting users onto new and unwanted ”Facebook” email addresses reminded me to remind you of something: Facebook is not your friend. Read more:
This article is a timely reminder to be prudent in the way you use internet applications that encourage you to regard complete strangers as friends. I used to tell students that if they put their personal details up in the local Coles Supermarket they would not attract the attention they want and that they should be careful in the use of Facebook. Like Twitter and other social networking programs it is wise to be careful about what you publish about yourself. These programs can be fabulous aids but they do have dark sides. The old adage of ‘Buyer Beware’ springs to mind.
For more about Social Networking check out these solid, common sense articles.