But new research suggests that using Google to diagnose illnesses could in fact be a very bad way of getting appropriate medical treatment.
Of course, a rigorously trained doctor is likely to give a much more accurate diagnosis than the average web user seeking answers from the internet.
But in addition, scientists have warned that individuals do particularly poorly when asked to work out their own chances of having any particular ailment.
Be careful! Scientists warn that self-diagnosis via the internet can be dangerous (picture posed by model)
For example, according to NBC News, people may interpret symptoms which in someone else might seem like indigestion as a sign they are having a heart attack.