Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany have created an application that lets the user keep a track on his or her usage of the smartphone. Essentially , the application allows us to measure the daily use of the smartphone and to check which of the applications use more, what numbers call more often and how much time we spend surfing the Internet.
A team of psychologists and computer scientists, lead by Alexander Markowetz, studied the smartphone habits of 50 students for six weeks. Over that period, more than a quarter of the students used their phones for more than two hours a day, and checking their phones, on average, 80 times a day, every 12 minutes. Mostly, they were using their phones for browsing the Internet, sending e-mails and useing applications.
The research work done by the team till now suggests that popular social messaging app WhatsApp contributed to about 15%, Games about 13% and Facebook about 9% of the time. The team is working on finding out “How much is Too much?” for smartphone usage.
“We suspect that during a depressive phase, cell phone use will change in a measurable way,” said researchers.
Researchers believe, people going through depression will make fewer phone calls and will venture outside less. The built in GPS in the smartphones can record the change in behavior. A psychiatrist can use the data from the patients’ cell phones as a diagnostic tool and intervene accordingly.
The application Menthal runs on Android 4.0 or newer version and is available free on the Google Play Store.
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