Making technology an ally in mental health care (Fundación Innovación Bankinter):
Interest in using technology for mental health dates back to the mid twentieth century. “Studies began back in the 1960s, given the growing concern about addiction in children (especially) and adults,” clarifies Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez about the beginning of this discipline.
Sesame Street, the well-known American show, is a project that developed to “master the addictive qualities of television and do something good with them“, in the words of its producers. As Fernández Ibáñez points out, these programs appeared to “channel technology in a way that is beneficial to cognitive and mental health,” which indicates that this interest is not temporary.
But it is new in other areas. For obvious reasons, the study of the Internet and social networks is much more recent than that of television, and is usually divided into two major trends: [Read more…] about Challenge ahead: Harnessing technology for good mental health