It’s surprisingly nice to hear you: Misunderstanding the impact of #communication media can lead to suboptimal choices of how to connect with others.

Positive social connections improve wellbeing. Technology increasingly affords a wide variety of media that people can use to connect with others, but not all media strengthen social connection equally. Optimizing wellbeing, therefore, requires choosing how to connect with others wisely. We predicted that people’s preferences for communication media would be at least partly guided by the expected costs and benefits of the interaction—specifically, how awkward … Continue reading It’s surprisingly nice to hear you: Misunderstanding the impact of #communication media can lead to suboptimal choices of how to connect with others.

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Predicting #personality from patterns of behavior collected with #smartphones

Smartphones enjoy high adoption rates around the globe. Rarely more than an arm’s length away, these sensor-rich devices can easily be repurposed to collect rich and extensive records of their users’ behaviors (e.g., location, communication, media consumption), posing serious threats to individual privacy. Here we examine the extent to which individuals’ Big Five personality dimensions can be predicted on the basis of six different classes … Continue reading Predicting #personality from patterns of behavior collected with #smartphones

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Smartphone use and primary #headache A cross-sectional hospital-based study

In a cross-sectional study between June 2017 and December 2018, patients with primary headache were divided into 2 groups: smartphone users (SUs) and non-smartphone users (NSUs). A questionnaire was administered for headache characteristics and treatment taken. The primary objective was to determine the association of smartphone use with new-onset headache or increase severity. The secondary objective was to determine any differences in the requirement of … Continue reading Smartphone use and primary #headache A cross-sectional hospital-based study

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Effect of Smartphone-Enabled #Health Monitoring Devices vs Regular Follow-up on Blood Pressure Control Among Patients After Myocardial #Infarction

..For patients randomized to regular care, 4 physical outpatient clinic visits were scheduled in the year following the initial event. In the intervention group, patients were given 4 smartphone-compatible devices (weight scale, BP monitor, rhythm monitor, and step counter). In addition, 2 in-person outpatient clinic visits were replaced by electronic visits ..In total, 200 patients (median age, 59.7 years [interquartile range, 52.9-65.6 years]; 156 men … Continue reading Effect of Smartphone-Enabled #Health Monitoring Devices vs Regular Follow-up on Blood Pressure Control Among Patients After Myocardial #Infarction

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