Ever since President Donald Trump was elected, the online therapy app known as Talkspace has been rapidly gaining users. Since November, 2016, the app, which was launched in 2012, has been growing 70-80 percent faster than what was originally projected.
Most users are millennials, with the average age being around mid-thirties. On the day of the 2016 election, Talkspace saw around 5 times the number of users it normally sees. The CEO, Oren Frank, believes this spike in therapy-seekers is due to all of the anxiety and stress around politics.
The affordability of the app is one thing that makes it so popular. For just 32 dollars a week, people can chat with licensed therapists and get the professional help they need, while not needing to talk in person to someone, which can cause anxiety for many people.
While around 80 percent of users are democrats and don’t support president Trump, there are also around 20 percent who are Trump supporters, leading Frank to believe that the surge in activity could be from general stress. However, since Trump’s election, Talkspace has seen a rise in LGBT, women, and other minority groups using the app.
Talkspace is an app where anyone over the age of 18 can get therapy from licensed therapists without even leaving their home. The app, which costs a mere 32 dollars a week, can be used on Android, iPhones, tablets, and computers.
Users communicate with therapists through an unlimited texting service. Talkspace is similar to a traditional, brick and mortar therapy office in that patients work with therapists to set goals, talk through problems, and get the help they need.