Stressed? Feeling down? You may not associate social media with meaningful conversations to boost your mood. But, believe it or not, there's an app for that.
Netizens have been experimenting for years with different forms of messaging, online support groups and mood logging apps — where one records their feelings in a mindful way. But now entrepreneurs are taking it one step further, seeing if apps based on therapeutic techniques, combined with existing social media, get people to consistently share their feelings in a way that can augment therapy.
"There are a lot of mood-management techniques that if people were taught could make an impact across the world," said Robert Morris, creator of social mental health apps like Koko and Panoply. "You're not really exposed to therapeutic techniques until you have a pretty serious problem in our society. Apps can be used as a stepping stone to give people more rigorous techniques rather than just chatting with friends."
Take new iOS app YouHue, for example. YouHue is a 21st-century take on mood rings where you send vivid emojis that act out a specific feeling to Facebook friends, and request one in return. It's one of many apps that takes the age-old practice of mood logging, and introduces social media into the mix.