Yikes, Our Smartphones May Be Able to Tell If We're Depressed
July 16, 2015
Being as technologically connected—bordering on obsessive—as we are these days, it’s only natural that we have a tight relationship with our cell phones. But just how attached may indicate whether we’re prone to depression. A recent study found that those with depression spent an average of 68 minutes a day on their smartphones while those without depression only spent 17. Some experts are wary of using self-diagnosis via smartphones to make an accurate assessment, but if analyzing smartphone use can encourage those with depression to explore whether they need treatment, we’re all for monitoring it. (Plus, it’s a useful exercise to see how much unnecessary time your smartphone might be costing you each day.) Do you think there’s some truth to these results? And have you ever noticed your mood dictating the amount of time you spend on your smartphone? Give us your take in the comments.