Mindfulness apps offer less benefit than previously thought

Although mindfulness applications claim to improve ones health, new research claims they may be ineffective or even damaging. The claims they make offer many improvements from increased creativity, to pain relief and better quality sleep.
However, their production is almost entirely unregulated; some apps from credible sources, such as government bodies, are based on scientific evidence and can be effective, but most apps have no credentials. It is found that even the best ones “found little evidence that they are effective at improving mental health.”

Furthermore the advertisement of these apps as a “quick fix” to a range of mental conditions may create an incorrect perception of mental health diseases. There is concern this could create a culture in which people blame themselves when these seemingly ‘effective’ apps don’t work on them.

Emma Buckthorpe

 

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