Texting may be a more suitable than mobile applications when it comes to treat mentally ill patients, according to scientists at Clemson's School of Computing.
Kelly Caine, who led the study said, "Cell phone technology was in the hands of millions of Americans and early research indicates that it could be useful to help people suffering from some form of mental illness."
Researchers surveyed 325 patients currently receiving treatment at community-based outpatient clinics for mental illness to determine their cell phone ownership and usage patterns. The results showed among mental illness patients, texting was the most popular feature used and downloading apps was the least popular, with almost 80 percent of the patients using texting. There were many who did not use mobile applications.
The study has been published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.