As our world becomes more technologically advanced, we tend to rely more heavily on new creations and inventions. This is especially true in the world of medicine. It is no surprise that within the past few decades, there have been astounding advances in technology, particularly with the invention of “apps”. Apps are “active participants that shape human bodies and selves as part of heterogeneous networks, creating new practices.”
One third of America’s population downloads apps that are specifically related to heath and exercise. Apps have become so essential that health care practitioners are using them as a part of their professional practice and new forms of medical education are being taught via apps, so students are required to possess a tablet or laptop.
However, with this newfound technological ease comes some amount of risk. Because apps participate as actors in the digital knowledge economy, there is a big responsibility with both medical and health apps, the most downloaded category in America. It is unknown how reliable these apps are because there is no way to tell who exactly made them. It is very possible that a non medically certified person is creating their own health app and pretending to be someone their not, in order to better their self image.