Even if people can’t afford to pay for their medication or buy things that we perceive as them needing, they will definitely pay for their cell phones and text messaging plans,” Tammy Chang, lead author of the study, told me. “Why are we not using this resource? It’s a low-tech, basically ubiquitous technology that we can use to tap into their thoughts and opinions about issues going on in their community.”
… Chang explained: “What text messaging allows people to do is give their feedback in their time, in their own language in a language they use to communicate in every other aspect of their lives.”
How the Humble Text Message Can Help Democratize Healthcare: an important message. SMS can be just as, or more powerful in ‘developed’ nations to reach those excluded by digital systems - and allow them to get services they need and give feedback.
A depression sufferer is not thinking like a non-sufferer in the same way that someone who’s drowning is not “breathing air” like a person on land is.
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