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The grass is greener on the other side: understanding the effects of green spaces on Twitter user sentiments

Kwan Hui Lim, K Lee, Dave Kendal, Lida Rashidi, Elham Naghi Zadeh Kakhki, stephan Winter, maria Vasardani

ACM Press | Published : 2018

Abstract

Green spaces are believed to improve the well-being of users in urban areas. While there are urban research exploring the emotional benefits of green spaces, these works are based on user surveys and case studies, which are typically small in scale, intrusive, time-intensive and costly. In contrast to earlier works, we utilize a non-intrusive methodology to understand green space effects at large-scale and in greater detail, via digital traces left by Twitter users. Using this methodology, we perform an empirical study on the effects of green spaces on user sentiments and emotions in Melbourne, Australia and our main findings are: (i) tweets in green spaces evoke more positive and less negat..

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