Can Your Smartphone Tell if You're Depressed?

You can fake a smile, but your smartphone knows the truth when it comes to depression!

According to researchers, the more minutes you spend on your phone the more likely you are to be depressed.

By using phone sensors and GPS data a team at Northwestern University found that they can detect people with depressive symptoms with 87% accuracy. Researchers also found that 68 minutes was the average daily use time of depressed individuals where the non-depressed were around 17 minutes.

Other factors for depression included time spent at home, visiting few locations, and varied work times.

Jose Marcelino Ortiz and Margaret J. Howell discuss depression risk and cell phone use further in this video.

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