Researchers at the University of Leiden, Arko Ghosh and Enea Ceolini, analyzed the data from hundreds of mobile phones to find that the human body has rhythms that last anywhere from seven to 52 days. Our actions are shaped by these cyclical patterns.
The journal npj Digital Medicine published an article based on the study’s findings.
The investigation has revealed that repetitive patterns are universal and not limited to specific mental and neurological disorders.
Somewhere around 400 people between the ages of 16 and 80 responded to the call for participants. The necessary condition for taking part? It’s an Android phone. It had an app installed that compiled and analyzed usage statistics for the study.
“To explore multi-day rhythms in healthy human behavior our analysis includes over 300 million smartphone touchscreen interactions logging up to 2 years of day-to-day activities (N401 subjects),” according to the study’s authors.
“We propose that multi-day rhythms are a common trait, but their consequences are uniquely experienced in day-to-day behavior.”