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How People with Serious Mental Illness Use Smartphones, Mobile Apps, and Social Media
  • Published Date:
    Jun 16 2016
  • Source:
    Psychiatr Rehabil J. 39(4):364-367.


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Details:
  • Pubmed ID:
    27845533
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC5125865
  • Funding:
    K12 HS021695/HS/AHRQ HHS/United States
    R01 MH089811/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
    U48 DP005018/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
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  • Description:
    Objective

    Research shows that people with serious mental illness are increasingly using mobile devices. Less is known about how these individuals use their mobile devices or whether they access social media. We surveyed individuals with serious mental illness to explore their use of these technologies.

    Methods

    Individuals with serious mental illness engaged in lifestyle interventions through community mental health centers completed a survey about their use of mobile and online technologies. Responses were compared to data from the general population.

    Results

    Among respondents (n=70), 93% owned cellphones, 78% used text messaging, 50% owned smartphones, and 71% used social media such as Facebook. Most respondents reported daily use of text messaging, mobile apps, and social media. Technology use was comparable to the general population, though smartphone ownership was lower.

    Conclusions and Implications for Practice

    These findings can inform future interventions that fully leverage this group’s use of popular digital technologies.

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