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Insight Timer Review

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Credibility

Credibility

3.33 / 5.00

Overall Score: 10/15

Consumer Ratings: 2/2
Proposed Goal: 2/2
Evidence Based Content: 1/1
Software Updates: 2/2
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 0/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 0/1
Research Independence and Review: 1/2
Research Base: 1/3

Rating Date: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

4.38 / 5.00

Engagement: 4.55 Functionality: 4.25 Aesthetics: 4.67 Information: 4.07 Subjective quality score: 4.56 Perceived impact score: 4.08 Rating date: March 2020 Rated by: Queensland University

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Transparency

Transparency

Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell

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Professional Reviews

Professional Review

Not Yet Available

Insight Timer is a meditation app with over 6,000 available meditations which can be filtered based on various criteria, e.g. meditation type and topic, popularity, age, etc. While the app can be used without creating an account, users can create an account to connect with friends, track progress and bookmark meditations. In the profile section of the app, users can track their progress, for example the number of consecutive days spent meditating. In the home section, the number of users currently meditating using Insight Timer is shown and users can see activity of friends who they have connected with on the app. Personalized meditation tracks can be created by customizing the background ambient sound, bells, etc. Discussion forums can also be accessed via the app. The app is free but there are in-app purchases; additional background sounds and bells for customized meditations must be purchased.

Technical Details

Available for: Requires iOS 11.0 and watchOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 5.0 and up.
Developer: Insight Network Inc
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Stress and Anxiety, Sleep
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play

Research on this App

One study looked at how a mindfulness-based mobile application would decrease the symptoms of compassion fatigue among military clinicians. 62 women health nurse practitioners in the US Air Force were recruited in this study. Participants were told to take part in a four week project via the Insight Timer app. It was shown that 75% of the participants showed improvements in burnout and stress levels after the intervention, and in addition all participants showed improvements in their mindfulness attention. (Best, N. I. 2019. https://search.proquest.com/psycinfo/docview/2322822645/9DA467AAAEEB4657PQ/4?accountid=14509)

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