Weak link between depression and frequent smartphone use


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Weak link between depression and frequent smartphone use


Date: 24/07/2015

"Smartphone behaviour 'could diagnose depression' says new scientific study," the Daily Mirror reports. But based on the data presented in the study the paper is reporting on, we would disagree.

The story was prompted by a small US study of adults who agreed to have a freeware app – Purple Robot – installed on their phone. The app tracks phone usage and physical movement via GPS.

Researchers found people who reported depressive symptomsused their phone more often, visited fewer locations, and spent more time at home than the group of people who did not have symptoms of depression.

The results should not be taken too seriously as these two groups of people were not matched, so other factors could have influenced the results (confounders)

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Source: NHS

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