Is this a good way to track depression?

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Is this a good way to track depression?

Post by Philosophy Explorer » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:53 pm

This study uses phone data to track depression. I have doubts about the accuracy of this study along with how useful it can be. Here's the article:

http://time.com/3958128/smartphone-depression/

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Re: Is this a good way to track depression?

Post by Dalek Prime » Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:41 am

Tracking depression? Are we then going to put them in concentration camps?

Seriously, yes. Those who spend inordinate amounts of time alone, at home, reaching out to others online, are probably somewhat depressed. Or misanthropic. Or can't afford to go to the opera... Oh, or are under house arrest, by the state, or by their spouses.

The highly depressed, though? No. They are homeless, without cell phones. And are understandably depressed.

I love studies that state the fairly obvious.

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Re: Is this a good way to track depression?

Post by Dubious » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:49 am

Dalek Prime wrote:Or can't afford to go to the opera...
That's one of the differences between North American depression and European depression.

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Re: Is this a good way to track depression?

Post by Dalek Prime » Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:23 am

I thought it was cross cultural lol!

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