Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Verizon Foundation Supports National Survey of Americans’ Health App Use
Like the treadmills and stationary bikes that become rec room coatracks, fitness and other health-related smartphone apps are acquired in large numbers by Americans, but over time, many are left unused by those who download them.
According to results of an online national survey analyzed by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center, 58 percent of 1,604 adult smartphone users had downloaded one of the estimated 40,000 available health-related mobile applications, and 42 percent had downloaded five or more. The average age of respondents was 40, and a majority had annual incomes of less than $50,000.
Some 65 percent of those surveyed said the apps had improved their health, and a majority also had a strong degree of faith in health apps’ accuracy and effectiveness. . .