Addiction is a serious problem in the United States, costing over $400 billion annually. According to an extensive study conducted by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, text messaging can be extremely effective in bring about meaningful behavior change. While mHealth measures are improving patient outcomes across all healthcare fields, their value in supporting addiction recovery is especially noteworthy. Text messaging programs can provide the networked support on which addiction rehabilitation depends, and they do so at a cost far cheaper than comparable in-person support.
For nearly a decade web designers have concentrated on transitioning websites to more responsive designs, but many have failed to take into account the rapid increase in screen size. From 2007 to 2011 screen size only changed by a half an inch, then at the end of 2011 screen size exploded. In the past 3 years the size of the average smartphone screen has increased dramatically, going from an average of 3.5” to over 5” diagonally across, the largest being the Asus FonePad 8 with a screen size of a whopping 8”. The additional screen real estate is a double-edged sword, as there is more room to display content, but also now more dead space. (more…)