How People With Serious Mental Illness Use Smartphones, Mobile Apps, and Social Media.

Psychiatric rehabilitation journal

PubMedID: 27845533

Naslund JA, Aschbrenner KA, Bartels SJ. How People With Serious Mental Illness Use Smartphones, Mobile Apps, and Social Media. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2016;.
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.

METHOD
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 with 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. (PsycINFO Database Record