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Does Digital Nature Enhance Social Aspirations? An Experimental Study

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Communication Science, University of Twente, De Zul 10, 7522 NJ Enschede, The Netherlands
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Digital Life Centre, University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam, Wibautstraat 2, 1091 GM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(4), 1454; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041454
Received: 22 January 2020 / Revised: 11 February 2020 / Accepted: 13 February 2020 / Published: 24 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Digital Health)
Loneliness and social isolation are increasingly recognized as important challenges of our times. Inspired by research hinting at beneficial effects of interacting with nature on social connectedness and opportunities provided by ambient technology to simulate nature in a rich and engaging manner, this study explored to what extent digital nature projections can stimulate social aspirations and related emotions. To this end, participants (N = 96) were asked to watch, individually or in pairs, digital nature projections consisting of animated scenes which were either dense or spacious and depicting either wild or tended nature. Subsequently, they filled out a questionnaire comprising measures for social aspirations, awe and fascination. Results show that spacious scenes elicited significantly higher social aspiration and awe scores, especially when watching alone. Design implications are discussed for making digital nature accessible for people with limited access to real nature. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital nature; experimental study; spaciousness; social aspirations; loneliness digital nature; experimental study; spaciousness; social aspirations; loneliness
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van Houwelingen-Snippe, J.; van Rompay, T.J.L.; de Jong, M.D.T.; Ben Allouch, S. Does Digital Nature Enhance Social Aspirations? An Experimental Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1454. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041454

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van Houwelingen-Snippe J, van Rompay TJL, de Jong MDT, Ben Allouch S. Does Digital Nature Enhance Social Aspirations? An Experimental Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(4):1454. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041454

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van Houwelingen-Snippe, Josca, Thomas J.L. van Rompay, Menno D.T. de Jong, and Somaya Ben Allouch. 2020. "Does Digital Nature Enhance Social Aspirations? An Experimental Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 4: 1454. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17041454

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