ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Does Posting Facebook Status Updates Increase or Decrease Loneliness? An Online Social Networking Experiment – Social Psychological and Personality Science

Abstract Online social networking is a pervasive but empirically understudied phenomenon. Strong public opinions on its consequences exist but are backed up by little empirical evidence and almost no causally … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

University’s depression app is an iTunes hit – Health and beauty – Lifestyle – gethampshire

By Paul Cassell Psychologists at The University of Reading have launched a free iPhone app to help people with depression get help without needing to go to their GP. … Continue reading

November 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Smartphone apps become ‘surrogate therapists’ –

Elizabeth Landau, CNN, lists some useful apps for social workers: The Live OCD Free app for iPad or iPhone makes use of a well-tested treatment for OCD called exposure and … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 1 Comment

A Video Game Designed to Treat Depression Worked Better Than Counseling – medGadget – The Atlantic

Researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand just published promising results of a study comparing a video game they designed to help treat depression in teenage kids against … Continue reading

August 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Phantom vibrations among undergraduates: Prevalence and associated psychological characteristics – – Computers in Human Behavior

Abstract ‘Phantom vibration syndrome,’ or perceived vibrations from a device that is not really vibrating, is a recent psychological phenomenon that has attracted the attention of the media and medical … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Teens Save Life Using Facebook, Launch Teen Advice Tumblr

Danny Manes and Gary Ramirez… … recently started “Hopeline for Teens,” an anonymous advice page on Tumblr for teens struggling with depression, bullying, sexuality, and other issues … Hopeline for … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Social Media Fuels Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety [STUDY]

by Lauren Indvik, Social media may do more harm than good when it comes to personal well-being, a small study from the University of Salford in the UK indicates. … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Are You Afraid of Mobile Phone Separation? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Samantha Murphy, …the fear of being without your mobile phone — also called nomophobia — affects a large portion of the population, according to new data highlighted by … Continue reading

July 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Do You Suffer From Social Media FOMO? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Sam Laird, Do you know FOMO? That’s not some fancy latte — it’s Fear Of Missing Out, and something that’s become a recognized thing by many social media … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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