Apple announces mental health tracking for Watch and iPhone at WWDC 2023

You must have known, if you are remotely interested in tech and Apple products, that the WWDC 2023, which is Apple’s annual developer conference was just around the corner. In fact, it is worth noting that the keynote for this developer conference took place yesterday morning at the Apple Park. However, we are not going to tell you about the tech products that Apple launched but we are focusing on the health aspects from Apple’s event. You must be aware that there is a saying that you should focus on your mental health along with your physical health. Some say that mental health is even more important than physical health because if you are mentally drained, you can’t be motivated enough to physically move.

Talking about mental health, it is worth noting that Apple has announced it will add mental health tracking on both its Watch and iPhone which will make sure that you are tracked all the time even when you don’t have your iPhone with you. Basically, with this mental health tracker, Apple doubles down on its ideology of “you can’t improve what you don’t measure”. Apple’s new mental health feature “invites users to reflect on their state of mind, and logging and tracking it for future observation. Mental health tracking can be done on the Apple Watch by using the digital crown to scroll through a range of emotions. It also invites users to identify what is making them feel a particular way — whether work travel is making you twitchy, family stressors are getting your heart rate up, or relationships are getting you down”.

TechCrunch reports that Apple “also adds standardized assessments for anxiety and depression (self-assessed appetite, energy, and the amount of fidgeting users are doing, among other things) and reports users’ risk for the ailments. The keynote suggests that the app will help users understand if they need to talk to someone, such as a doctor or therapist, and it’s possible to share the reports with care providers, and suggests helpful articles and resources”. This is a really important and must-have feature for today’s smartphone-using world.


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