Superbetter

Warnung: *Datenschutz ist in diesem Produkt nicht inbegriffen

Superbetter

Überprüft am: 20. April 2022

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Games are fun! According to the folks at Superbetter -- an app that uses games to fight anxiety and depression -- games can also help improve our mental health. Seems they have science on their side according to a number of studies . The app is free to download and use, and is targeted at everyone over the age of 13, particularly teens, young adults, and educators working with young people. The apps is designed to help people dealing with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and concussive symptoms build resilience to deal with their daily challenges. Level up, power up, and go on quests. Users get rewarded for doing things like drinking water, going or a walk, or giving yourself a hug. It sounds rather fun.

What's their privacy like? Well, turns out, it's a bit of a quest to even find their privacy policy. Superbetter's privacy policy is buried in their Terms and Conditions, which is a big pet peeve for this privacy researcher. When we did find their privacy policy, we didn't see too many red flags, at least compared to many other mental health apps we reviewed, so that's nice. Now if only we could confirm if they meet our Minimum Security Standards (unfortunately, we can't).

Was könnte passieren, wenn etwas schiefgeht?

Good news. Superbetter says they will never, ever sell you personal data. Yay! They do share data with third parties for research and advertising purposes, but it seems to be mostly anonymized data, which is generally ok. Although it's been found to be rather easy to de-anonymize some such data. All in all, it's probably OK to gamify your life with Superbetter without worrying too much about losing the privacy game...we hope.

One big thing to consider when using Superbetter is what you share publicly. Superbetter states in their privacy policy, "To protect your privacy, you agree that you will not submit any User Content that contains Personally Identifiable Information (like name, phone number, email address or web site URL) of you or of anyone else." This is a great reminder, anything you share publicly, even your health information, is fair game for anyone to use. One more reminder from Superbetter, things you share on the internet can live on forever. They say, "You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to SuperBetter from our servers."

What's the worst that could happen? Well, hopefully not too much. Yeah, you might see some ads targeting you for water bottles to help you drink more water because you use Superbetter. Our biggest worry is we couldn't confirm if Superbetter meets our Minimum Security Standards. We emailed them our privacy questions multiple times at the email listed in their privacy policy for privacy-related questions and didn't get any answers to our questions. So remember as Superbetter says themselves, "there is always some risk that an unauthorized third party may find a way around our security systems or that transmissions of your information over the Internet may be intercepted." Data leaks and hacks happen everyday on the internet folks. Be careful out there.

Tipps zu Ihrem Schutz

  • Do NOT use your Facebook account to login
  • Chose a strong password
mobile Datenschutz Sicherheit Warnung KI

Kann es mich ausspionieren? Information

Kamera

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Nein

Mikrofon

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Nein

Verfolgt den Standort

Gerät: Nicht verfügbar

App: Nein

Was kann zur Registrierung verwendet werden?

Facebook sign-up is available

Welche Daten sammelt das Unternehmen?

Wie nutzt das Unternehmen die Daten?

Superbetter will never give away, sell or share your Personally Identifiable Information except as specifically authorized by you.

SuperBetter will not disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to Third Party Contractor Web Sites without your consent.

Third parties under contract with SuperBetter may use Cookies or Web Beacons to collect Non-Personal Information about your usage of the Site, and this information may used by SuperBetter to tailor the advertising you may see on sites within the networks of these third parties. This Non-Personal Information is anonymous and does not contain any personal information about you.

SuperBetter may provide Aggregate Information to third parties for educational or service-related purposes.

Wie können Sie Ihre Daten kontrollieren?

If you have given someone access to your account, you can revoke such access at any time.

You can remove your personal information. If you want to (1) delete your Personally Identifiable Information from the systems, (2) update the Personally Identifiable Information that you have provided to Superbetter, or (3) change your preferences with respect to marketing contacts or other activities, select the privacy option on their 'Contact Us' Form.

Upon your request, Superbetter will delete your Personally Identifiable Information or Personal Health Information from their active databases and where feasible from their back-up media. The company says "You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to SuperBetter from our servers."

Wie ist das Unternehmen in der Vergangenheit mit den Daten über seine Verbraucher umgegangen?

Durchschnittlich

No known privacy or security incidents discovered in the last 3 years.

Informationen zum Datenschutz bei Kindern

Superbetter is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. They do not collect personally identifiable information from any person they actually know is a child under the age of 13. The Google Play store lists the app with a "Teen" content rating.

Kann dieses Produkt offline genutzt werden?

Nein

Benutzerfreundliche Informationen zum Datenschutz?

Nein

Superbetter's privacy policy was hidden on their Terms and Conditions page making it harder to find.

Links zu Datenschutzinformationen

Erfüllt dieses Produkt unsere Mindestsicherheitsstandards? Information

Unbekannt

Verschlüsselung

Ja

Sicheres Passwort

Ja

Sicherheits-Updates

Nicht zu bestimmen

The last update of the iOS app is from 2019, the last Google Play store update is from 2018

Umgang mit Schwachstellen

Nicht zu bestimmen

Datenschutzrichtlinie

Ja

Verwendet das Produkt KI? Information

Nein


Nachrichten

The next great mental health app will look like Pokemon Go, according to a Silicon Valley psychologist
Business Insider
You probably wouldn't think of chugging a glass of water, or talking to another person as "power-ups," but app SuperBetter is reframing mental health upkeep as a game.
SuperBetter Game Aims to Decrease Depression
Chicago Health
SuperBetter, available online and as a mobile app, includes picking a goal — such as learning to belly dance or losing weight — and choosing actions to get you there, aided by positive affirmation and scientific stats. Watching yourself succeed on screen is designed to push you through real-life challenges.
Jane McGonigal's SuperBetter in Clinical Trials
Berkeley Center for New Media
In 2012, BCNM alumni Jane McGonigal released SuperBetter, an app meant to support patients recovering from concussions and inspired by her own concussion recovery process. Now, the app is being tested in a clinical trial to support patients who are suffering concussions and transitioning from hospital care to home care.
SuperBetter Website Review
Common Sense Media
Parents need to know that SuperBetter is a game-like motivational tool that promotes positive habits for teens and adults. Kids need to check a box saying they're 13 or older to sign up; however, there's no real age verification to prove this. It can be a helpful tool for teens struggling with depression or body-image issues or who simply want to reduce stress.
SuperBetter app review
Health Navigator
SuperBetter is a motivational app that comprises a series of games and challenges. By using words that relate to gaming the app aims to get you to build on your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. The app has categories that have some science behind them. For example 'power-ups' are anything that makes you feel better which in turn sparks positive emotions, 'quests' enable you to track your daily and weekly goals, 'bad guys' involves battling bad habits and mindsets, 'allies' are your strong social relationships and 'future boosts' are things you look forward to.
The top 8 mental health apps
Medical News Today
Medical News Today chose mental health apps that fit the following criteria: Support: We chose apps that provide support for a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Features: We chose apps that offer different features, such as games, activities, and the ability to talk with licensed therapists. Price: We chose apps that fit a range of budgets, from free features to paying for therapy. Availability: We chose apps that are available for iOS and Android devices as well as desktop computers.
Can we trust apps to solve our problems? SuperBetter – promises to improve overall conditions of health
Masters of Media
Are you suffering from stress and anxiety, are you feeling a little down or did you just have a bad day? Among the vast amount of apps available, there is an app that can “unleash your heroic potential” and make you feel super better! The app named “SuperBetter” promises improved mental health and increased resilience. SuperBetter is a health game designed app targeted for users who want to increase their “general wellbeing” or recover from serious illnesses and mental health associated problems. The app deals with serious health issues in an entertaining way.
Randomized Controlled Trial of SuperBetter, a Smartphone-Based/Internet-Based Self-Help Tool to Reduce Depressive Symptoms
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers
Technological advances have sparked the development of computer- and smartphone-based self-help programs for depressed people, but these programs' efficacy is uncertain. This randomized controlled trial evaluated an intervention called SuperBetter (SB), which is accessed via smartphone and/or the SB Web site.
Reducing concussion symptoms among teenage youth: Evaluation of a mobile health app
Taylor & Francis Online
Mobile apps incorporating social game mechanics and a heroic narrative may promote health management among teenagers with unresolved concussion symptoms.
The efficacy of smartphone-based mental health interventions for depressive symptoms: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association
The evidence to date indicates that mental health interventions delivered via smartphone devices can reduce depressive symptoms. However, delivering treatments via a smartphone introduces several new aspects which need to be considered, beyond the platform change alone. Specifically, we have yet to establish the ways in which user engagement, feedback loops, expectancy effects, and individual patient characteristics influence intervention outcomes. Rather than a barrier, these variables represent new opportunities for further research to optimize and personalize smartphone-based interventions.
Can smartphone mental health interventions reduce symptoms of anxiety? A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Journal of Affective Disorders
Various psychological interventions are effective for reducing symptoms of anxiety when used alone, or as an adjunct to anti-anxiety medications. Recent studies have further indicated that smartphone-supported psychological interventions may also reduce anxiety, although the role of mobile devices in the treatment and management of anxiety disorders has yet to be established.
Insights from user reviews to improve mental health apps
Sage Journals
Mental health applications hold great promise as interventions for addressing common mental issues. Analyzing user reviews of mobile apps for mental health issues reveals user experience and what features users liked and disliked in the apps and hence informs future app design and refinements. This research aims to analyze user reviews of publicly available mental health applications to uncover their strengths, weaknesses, and gaps, hence revealing why users are likely to cease using these applications.

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