A new report from the World Health Organization says that people with chronic pain are disproportionately impacted by the absence of apps like Yelp and Facebook, which they say are often used by users to make purchases and find information.
According to the study, the lack of apps is “especially problematic” in sub-Saharan Africa, where there are nearly 300 million people, and particularly in rural areas where people often rely on mobile devices for basic tasks like finding work and communication.
In the U.S., the study found that only about 30% of Android users had used a social network app, and that the remaining 95% used other mobile apps.
The study also found that about 15% of U.K. Android users use apps on other platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
The World Health report said that “the apps which have the most impact on the lives of people with conditions such as chronic pain and hypertension are the ones which have been in the public domain for at least two years,” including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify.
The report comes amid reports that Facebook is considering removing apps that are critical to its efforts to curb online harassment and bullying.
Facebook has long faced scrutiny from civil rights groups for its lax policies against hate speech and its failure to fully police its platform.
The company has since acknowledged that some users may find the site too private.
But the report notes that while the lack or lack of a single app may be the cause of the problem, the fact that people are using other apps is not.
“It is important to understand that the presence of an app does not necessarily make the app worse,” the report said.
“Users are still accessing social media as part of a healthy social relationship.”
While the report is the latest evidence of the growing presence of apps on Google Play, it is unlikely to change much in the near term, given that Android is still considered to be the primary platform for mobile devices.
Google says that apps on its platform provide users with the tools they need to get things done, and the company will continue to roll out new features and updates for apps.