A New “Illness” for the WiFi Generation? The Nocebo Effect

By Grace Barry.

Not quite. It is nothing I have ever heard of before, but according to an article recently posted in The New Yorker, there are people out there suffering from a Wi-Fi related “nocebo effect”. The nocebo effect, they say, is the opposite of the placebo effect. We all know the placebo effect is the physical healing caused by nothing more than the belief that one getting cured.┬áThe nocebo effect, therefore, is the feeling of physical illness caused by nothing more than the belief ┬áthat one is in harm.


According to The New Yorker, a wi-fi nocebo effect is happening to more than a handful of people. These people experience “headaches, nausea, exhaustion, tingling, trouble concentrating, and gastrointestinal distress, among other symptoms” when in the presence of wi-fi or radio signals.

Despite these wi-fi related complaints, scientists have not found any evidence that we are at risk.

Read the whole article here.

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