July 4, 2022

What you need to know

  • The University of Oregon will study the impact smartphones have on mental health in collaboration with Google.
  • Researchers will use Google’s Health Studies app to conduct research on the digital wellbeing of smartphone users.
  • The study will begin on May 27 and is open to any adult in the United States who owns an Android phone.

While digital wellbeing features are now required on all Google-certified Android phones (opens in new tab), manufacturers have a long way to go in terms of designing better products with mental health in mind. That is why researchers at the University of Oregon are collaborating with Google to study the impact of smartphones on digital wellbeing.

Dr. Nicholas Allen, a psychology professor and director of the University of Oregon’s Center for Digital Mental Health, announced the new research project in a blog post (opens in new tab). Allen, the study’s lead researcher, explained that the team will use Google’s Health Studies app to see how people use their phones and how screen time affects their overall wellbeing.