Does the Google Syndrome Exist?

“The Google syndrome, “phubbing”, nomophobia, or cyberchondria are some of the dependency problems generated by the use of the Internet and mobile technology, according to some psychologists.”

Neither the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) nor the World Health Organization recognize them as pathologies.


Among the disorders derived from the expansion of the Internet and new technologies, the experts highlight the nomophobia (from the English nomophobia, “no mobile phobia”), the fear of being incommunicado without a mobile phone, and that is characterized by the anxiety it causes. find the device, that it does not have coverage or that it runs out of battery.


Internet becomes a risk when it is intended, obsessively, to be the solution to all problems and the answer to all questions, and derives in cases of “cyberchondria”, which consists of using the network for self-diagnosis of diseases and to find the possible treatments, without going to the specialist, explains José Antonio Molina, doctor in Psychology.

Google syndrome

“The most alarmist views suggest that the” Google syndrome “could result in a limitation of intellectual abilities and a modification of the behavior of those who resort to the search engine for everything and stop making an effort to memorize data or discard questions, to understand ideas or concepts with the certainty that the answer will find later on the Internet”.

Risks and solutions

It is important to ask “Why? What is the need for children or adolescents to use a mobile phone? We have to know what we are going to provide these technologies for.”

“If the person reaches the addiction, the first step is always for the person to identify that they are having a problem, what negative consequences this is generating, if they are distancing themselves from a social nucleus, if it influences their work or academic performance. or if you are losing hours of sleep”.

Then, the treatment “begins by establishing self-control measures, from controlling and limiting the time of use to generating rewarding activities, incentives to reduce the time of connection to the Internet or the use of mobile telephony,” says this expert.


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