RESOURCE: Health in hand: mobile technology and the future of healthcare
Wi-Fi, smartphones, and all associated phenomena have permeated lives all around the globe. We are just seeing the first generation of humans to grow up with these things – the first of the ‘digital natives’. The health implications of virtual information and communication technologies have recently been questioned by academics, with forecasts of growing inequalities in health due to differential population access to virtual technologies (1), along with unequal distributions of the literacy skills and ability to find and use high-quality online information. June of 2014 brought about a shift in the digital market, whereby average daily use of health and fitness apps grew by 62%, outpacing the use of apps overall, at only 33% growth (2).
PLOS Public Health Perspectives is pleased to welcome Priya Kumar to discuss these issues on the blog. Kumar is a nearly finished doctoral candidate in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her doctoral research questions the impact of the World Wide Web in fostering online and offline connections between migrant communities around the globe. She is an expert in digital research methods and online content analysis.
This piece will be conducted in two parts…