Technology and Mindfulness

A quick search on the app store will result in hundreds of meditation/mindfulness apps which have been created over the past few years.

However, research is needed to examine the effectiveness and credibility of these new technology educational platforms. A couple of years ago, researchers conducted a systematic review of stress management mobile smartphone apps. They reviewed 902 apps for evidence-based content, transparency, and functionality. In the end, only 60 met the criteria for the study where the authors found 32 of the 60 apps user-friendly, evidence-based, transparent, and functional (Coulon, Monroe, & West, 2016).

Change is the one constant our world should be used to. I still struggle with change and do not leap with excitement at the thought of mastering a new app, software program, or IOS update on my phone. Nevertheless, I have explored several mindfulness apps to evaluate which ones I liked better. The criteria I was looking for was ease of use, price, and scientific data. One of my favorite mindfulness apps is the 10% Happier app. This app was created by Change Collective, 2015 and is a companion to the book by Dan Harris titled Meditation for the Fidgety Skeptic. 

The app is easy to access and has many features that can be used without paying the monthly subscription. The app has short video clips that are interesting to watch that include interviews with scientists, researchers, and mindfulness practitioners who give suggestions on beginning and maintaining a personal mindfulness practice. I really like how often the app provides scientific data on resent studies about the positive outcomes possible by practicing mindfulness.

If you are struggling with establishing a daily practice, I suggest using technology (a mindfulness app) to assist. There are many out there and they offer guided meditations, suggestions, and tips on a variety of topics surrounding meditation.

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