Mathur, Natasha
Chicago Policy Review (Online)
Uber, Airbnb, Seamless, Waze-Twenty years ago these concepts were a distant impossibility. Smart phone technology has given programmers, computer scientists and entrepreneurs tools to revolutionize traditional industries like hospitality, transportation and supermarkets. However, the emergence of new technology need not be limited to satisfying basic consumer needs. The ubiquity of smartphones means that technology can also be used to confront pressing social issues, including those in the mental health treatment industry. In a recent paper, Naslund et al. highlight the potential use for smart phone technology in mental health treatment, and address the methods through which intervention can take place.