Mobile apps are taking control of our lives by Tatenda Mhaka and Tessah Clark

Are you having difficulty sleeping? Maybe exercising? Or managing your agenda? Well, “there’s an app for that.” If you have not heard that statement before, chances are you will soon.

An estimated 1.2 billion people were using mobile apps in 2012. Total downloads number between 56 billion and 82 billion worldwide. By 2017, about 4.4 billion people will be using apps.

As two people who love working out but dislike pressures that come with exercising at the gym, Royal Roads University MA students Tatenda Mhaka and Tessah Clark both have fitness training apps on their smartphones. The best part is the luxury and privacy of working out from home. As one friend put it: “Why go to a therapist or fitness expert when you can have your personal one 24/7 until your battery runs out?”

Curious, Tatenda and Tessah ventured out onto the streets of Victoria to explore the cultural phenomenon of self-help apps and their effects. Although not everyone they spoke to knew the term “self-help app,” many used such apps on a daily basis.

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