Depressed? Check your smart phone

smart phone depression

Smart phones can detect when you’re depressed. Apparently it all comes down to the phone’s sensor data tracking the number of minutes you use the phone and where you’re speaking from.

That’s the finding of a study from the latest Journal of Medical Research.

The more time you spend time on the phone, the more likely you are to be depressed. People who are depressed spend an average of 68 minutes on the phone, the ones who aren’t use it for an average 17 minutes.

GPS tracking was also used to detect moods. People who spent more time at home or in fewer locations are more prone to depression as are those who have unpredictable daily schedules, like for example shift work.

One of the problems with the study is the small sample size – only 40 adults participated.

But the researchers say the findings “suggest that phone sensors offer numerous clinical opportunities.”



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